Workforce Development Committee

Objectives and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate sharing of member best practices
  • Provide and steward industry partnerships
  • Offer industry education opportunities for workforce development

2023 Priorities

Goal 1: Facilitate sharing of member best practices

  • Determine the best medium to facilitate best practice sharing
  • Streamline workforce best practice sharing to one medium which will be the Advisor 
  • Consider offering best practice breakout sessions at Annual Conference.  
  • Explore the use of the toolkit to create a “bank” of best practices 
  • Review the toolkit to see if we can make any revisions to convey best practices faster or with an easier user experience. 

Goal 2: Provide and steward industry partnerships

  • Provide ideas for Manufacturing Month 
  • Promote engagement with the Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education programs
  • Technician program
  • Teacher Scholarship  
  • Promote engagement with Project MFT 
  • Promote and continue engagement with FFA, AFA, Skills USA 

Goal 3: Provide workforce development education through webinar(s) and at Annual Conference 


  • The Chair is elected by the group and serves a two-year term.
  • The Vice Chair is elected by the group and serves until Chair succession.


  • Executive-level representatives from AEM member companies.


  • At least one face-to-face meeting annually, in conjunction with other meetings/events if possible.
  • Virtual meetings every quarter. (A hybrid meeting in November if possible) 
Group Leadership


Deb Franklin

CLAAS of America Inc.

Vice Chair

Jeff Fitch

Caterpillar Inc.

AEM Staff Contact

Julie Davis

Senior Director, Workforce & Industry Initiatives