Stephanie Veck is the Project Director for the Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) initiative at Maher & Maher. API is a partnership with industry leaders and the U.S. Department of Labor to gain a better understanding of the prevalence of unregistered apprenticeships in the private sector across the United States, build on the momentum surrounding apprenticeship, and engage business champions and industry leaders who seek to expand apprenticeship nationwide. It seeks to accelerate apprenticeship growth by identifying targeted opportunities to scale apprenticeship in key industry sectors through innovation of current and new models.
Stephanie brings over 30 years of business, economic, and workforce development experience to the Maher team. She will serve as a Project Director working to increase business engagement in expanding industry led apprenticeship programs. Most recently Stephanie served as managing director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) where she was responsible for coalition building. Stephanie helped create an integrated talent development system that met the needs of students, job-seekers, workers, and businesses; aligning education, training, workforce, and economic development efforts with the needs of the industry.
While at the CWDC she helped establish and served on Governor Hickenlooper’s Business Experiential Learning Commission, focusing on innovation in apprenticeship in Colorado. Examples of this work include a statewide commitment to integrating a work-based learning continuum, CareerWise Colorado and ApprenticeshipEvolution. Additionally, Stephanie led the establishment of TalentFOUND, the Colorado Talent Development Network; the Colorado model for Next Generation Sector Partnerships, and industry-led Career Pathways. Stephanie also served as the business development program manager for Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) at the Colorado Office of Economic Development, where she helped communities establish effective BRE collaboratives. Stephanie led a coalition to found and operate Colorado Companies to Watch, a recognition program for second-stage companies.
Prior to her state work she had 20 years of business experience both in managing a rapidly growing firm and starting and operating two companies.
A Colorado native, raised on a family farm in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, she learned the value of hard work and the strength of community as a young girl. Stephanie balances her busy professional life with the motto, “work hard, play harder.” She enjoys the great outdoors with her husband Bill, friends and family, including two grandchildren.
Stephanie most appreciates the opportunity to work with volunteers, partners and business leaders throughout the country in implementing innovative solutions for our future. She is passionate in her belief, that a strong commitment to innovating and expanding industry-led apprenticeships is critical to providing a skilled workforce for our country’s continued economic success, while also giving every student and job-seeker multiple cost-effective options for career and life success.