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Southern Colorado Innovation Link (SCIL)

121 W City Center Dr, Ste 150
Pueblo, CO 81003

Office (719) 549-3224

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A Little History of the SCIL Project and the People Who Made it Happen

Amanda Corum, Project Director, has served as Executive Director of Pueblo Corporate College for five years. Amanda has worked in higher education, workforce, and economic development since 2003. She holds an MBA from Colorado Technical University. Amanda has extensive experience managing federal and state grant funding, including the Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium (COETC) project funded through a US Department of Labor (DOL) Community College and Career Training Grant ($2.3 million, 2012-2014) and the Advanced Manufacturing Training Project funded through a $1.9 million DOL Community Based Job Training (CBJT) grant. Both projects met or exceeded all outcome measures. Amanda’s role in this project will include program management, grant and budget management, liaising with business and industry partners, and staff recruitment and management.

Caroline Trani, Project Coordinator, has served as Executive Director of the Southern Colorado SBDC for 11 years. Caroline has worked in economic and community development for over 16 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Caroline has considerable experience in small business and entrepreneurial development, including serving as a Colorado state-certified SBDC Network business consultant, state certified Colorado Leading Edge instructor, and national Economic Gardening certificated consultant.

Kurt Madic, co-founder and Executive Director of Startup Pueblo, has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT industry and is a certified Project Management Professional. Kurt is a key partner in the project, having played an integral role in the SBDC Accelerator Pilot and served as a mentor. Kurt and Startup Pueblo’s roles will be increasingly important as SCIL scales up efforts in the region to support IIECM.

To date, Corum, Trani, Madic, along with regional businesses and organizations, volunteer mentors and subject matter experts, and others have shouldered the work of supporting IIECM. All of this work has been done by individuals with full slates of programs and projects in addition to this work. They have accomplished a great deal so far by dedication to the mission and willingness to make a considerable and sustained time commitment over and above their other responsibilities.

However, in order to scale the efforts up to serve as many IIECM well, dedicated human resources will be necessary. Pueblo Community College plans to create two new full-time positions to support this work: SCIL Manager and SCIL Program Coordinator. The SCIL Manager will develop and maintain strong relationships with SCIL partners; develop and deploy new products and services; provide technical consulting; identify, recruit and coordinate mentors and subject matter experts; perform market research and analysis; and organize and facilitate a SCIL SAC. The SCIL Program Coordinator will support the efforts of the SCIL Manager, deliver educational content to SCIL clients, coordinate efforts to maintain and update the SCIL website and resource clearinghouse; and provide other programming and administrative duties.