Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development to Deliver Commencement Address

Johnson College has selected Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to give the 2019 commencement address to graduates on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Theater at North.

As the deputy secretary for workforce development, Ms. Cipriani oversees the commonwealth workforce system, which includes 23 local workforce areas. She is also responsible for the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, the Office for Labor Market Information, the PA State Workforce Development Board and the commonwealth’s newly established Apprenticeship Training Office.    

Under her leadership the newly created Office of Apprenticeship and Training has greatly expanded, not only the number of apprentices statewide, but also the diversity of occupations. Ms. Cipriani has been instrumental in interagency projects, such as the Next Generation Sector Strategy model to significantly improve the way in which state government addresses business needs and efforts to share interagency resources and data.

Prior to her deputy secretary appointment, Ms. Cipriani was acting director for the State Workers Insurance Fund (SWIF) in Scranton where she was responsible for the management and day-to-day activity of SWIF staff and programs in eight district offices.

In addition to her work as Deputy Secretary, she is also a member of the STEM Advisory Committee, TEAM PA, the PA Interagency Health Equity Team, PA Assistive Technology Council, Aging Council Workforce Workgroup and the Environmental Quality Board.

She holds a bachelor of science from Bloomsburg University and a master’s degree in organizational management from Misericordia University.

Ms. Cipriani lives in West Wyoming, PA with her husband. They have two grown children.