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Providing unmatched industry knowledge, resources, training and support for current and future highly skilled workers for the advanced manufacturing workforce

Elevate by IACMI serves as a cultivator of recognized best-in-industry workforce development programs that scale-up and connect regional programs to meet the national manufacturing agenda. We support training programs that are industry-led and provide real-world experience. Participants should leave our workforce programs ready to enter the manufacturing workforce and prepared for their careers with agile skills that can adapt to future manufacturing technologies.

Joannie Harmon

Workforce Director

As the workforce director for IACMI – The Composites Institute, Joannie brings a unique perspective when consulting with organizations about talent development challenges and opportunities. With over twenty years of experience working with government, non-profit organizations, and corporations on strategies to address critical skills gaps, talent pipeline shortages, and long-term talent cultivation necessary for sustainability, she brings an expertise of consultative collaboration, a network of subject matter experts, and a pioneering spirit to explore unconventional approaches to complex problems. Prior to joining IACMI, she worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop training programs with global reach. She has also managed a $4.8 million Department of Labor grant awarded to a community college to increase capabilities and build capacity in Advanced Manufacturing, Machining, and Welding programs. Prior to that, she worked closely with the defense industry to develop certification based training programs for the Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) workforce, as well as veteran focused initiatives for transitioning service members. Joannie received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and a Master of Public Administration from Bellevue University in Nebraska. She currently resides in Tennessee, and when not working, enjoys traveling to faraway places with clear, blue water and white sandy beaches.

Tyler Blevins

Workforce & Community Development Manager

Acting as IACMI – The Composite Institute’s Workforce & Community Development Manager, Tyler Blevins brings a people-first perspective to the Workforce arena. As a six-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Tyler worked alongside a team of personnel responsible for safeguarding the livelihoods and properties of the people in his community. After completing his time with the Coast Guard Tyler secured a degree in Communication & Information Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While pursuing his degree, Tyler learned more about social work and the importance of focusing on underserved and underrepresented groups throughout the community. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2018 Tyler served as the Workforce Coordinator for Knoxville Leadership Foundation, a non-profit serving low-income, inner-city communities. In his time there, he implemented and oversaw the employability program working with young adults in need of resources and assistance to begin a career. Tyler joined the IACMI team in the Spring of 2020 and currently oversees grant implementation for the Advanced Composites Career Pathways (ACCP) program. He currently still resides in Knoxville, TN with his partner, Jess, and their two dogs, Louie and Titan. He loves spending time hiking, biking, and exploring any new and delicious food to be found.

Emily King Kinsey

Workforce Communications

Emily King Kinsey is a graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a PhD in strategic communications from the College of Media, Communication and Information. Emily received a BA in Communication Arts with a concentration in public relations from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. and a MS in communication and information with a concentration in public relations from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before pursuing her PhD, Emily worked briefly in advertising and non-profit marketing, before practicing public relations and grant writing for IACMI – The Composites Institute. Emily joined the communications team with IACMI in 2017, and now primarily supports the workforce development initiatives with grant writing and communication efforts. Emily has also taught several classes in public relations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and currently leads several recitations at the University of Colorado Boulder. Because of Emily’s time with IACMI, her graduate research interests include corporate social responsibility and international public relations, especially the role of corporations in public diplomacy. Emily lives in Boulder, CO with her husband, Thomas, and two rescue pups, Marlin and Abita. She enjoys weekend adventures exploring new areas and is always interested in trying new foods.