Julian L. Alssid is Vice President of Workforce Development at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) where he is responsible for leading the college’s workforce development efforts. Prior to joining CCRI, Julian was Chief Workforce Strategist for College for America at Southern New Hampshire University.
Julian is a nationally recognized expert in workforce development innovation and policy. He has over 30 years of experience working with decision makers who seek to grow the economy and create a pipeline of skilled talent. Between 1998 and 2013, Julian founded and led Workforce Strategy Center where he advised over 20 states on workforce policy and established himself as a leader in promoting effective, practical solutions for implementing career pathways initiatives.
Julian has authored major studies on workforce strategy including: Building a Higher Skilled Workforce: Results and Implications from the BridgeConnect National Survey, Building a Career Pathways System: Promising Practices in Community College-Centered Workforce Development, and Building Bridges to College and Careers: Contextualized Basic Skills Programs at Community Colleges. His views on engaging employers and creating effective workforce development systems have received extensive attention in national and local media, and he speaks and writes regularly on the need for policy and educational reform in the field.
Julian has also held senior positions in education and workforce development at the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce (now the Partnership for New York City), LaGuardia Community College, and the Office of the Mayor of New York City.