The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC) recently promoted Amy Dodds to the position of Planner/Grants Writer and hired L. Michelle Ferguson as the Fatherhood Initiative Program Supervisor.
Dodds embraces the core values of PIC mission by meeting the needs of employers, identifying and removing barriers to employment and a commitment to lifelong learning. Dodds with the support of the Directors will be charged with growing the three main divisions of PIC: Workforce Development, Education, and Early Childhood Development while maintaining the integrity of PIC’s mission. With her vision for evolution and advancement she will research and secure opportunities for sustained funding.
Dodds began her career with PIC in March, 2012 as a Youth Specialist. In this position Dodds managed and developed programming used in Afterschool and Summer Programs in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. Due to the success of these programs she was promoted to the Job Coaching Coordinator. In that role she positively impacted the lives of those with cognitive or physical disabilities while helping them find and retain competitive employment.
Dodds holds a Masters in Science in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
In her role as Fatherhood Initiative Program Supervisor, Ferguson will oversee program implementation that is designed to support fathers in resolving barriers that impact their ability to be actively involved with their children. PIC will be marketing New Pathways for Fathers and Families as the already recognized “Dads Matter”. Dads Matter will serve at least 1000 fathers and families using evidence-based curricula and activities to encourage responsible fatherhood, economic stability and healthy relationships.
Before joining PIC Ferguson worked closely with diverse populations as a professional trainer and consultant for agencies in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.
She holds a Masters of Arts in Adult & Continuing Education and a Bachelor of Science in Education/Speech Pathology from Indiana University of PA.