William "Bill" Gagen joined Selsius™ in 2007 as the director of Workforce Development under the Workforce Investment Act. He brings more than 20 years' experience in workforce development, the Workforce Investment Act, and grant management to the Selsius™ team.
Gagen manages the WIA staff which supports SWIC WIA students in their reskilling, training, and job seeking efforts. WIA staff are housed at Illinois workNet offices in Belleville and East St. Louis, in the Selsius™ office and the workNet resource room on the Belleville Campus, and on the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus. He is also responsible for Selsius™ grant administration and assists with the grant administration for SLATE, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, a Selsius™ partner.
Prior to joining Selsius™, Gagen spent more than 13 years working in St. Clair County government. He spent three years on the St. Clair County Mid America Workforce Investment Board where he managed the 40-member Workforce Investment Board. In this role he provided oversight to workforce development centers and encouraged an increased emphasis on business services to clients.
Gagen also worked for the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department for eleven years. He served as division manager, managing more than $4 million in WIA formula funds annually and 30 employees serving the public in the Employment and Training Services division.
Gagen graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor's degree in political science. He later received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University.
Marsha Kurowski is an educator and employment advisor, having spent more than 35 years in the education and training field.
Since 1991, Kurowski has been a WIA employment training assistant/advisor in the Selsius™ Belleville Campus office. She manages the caseloads of 200-250 students attending SWIC through the WIA program annually. She recruits and advises students in all facets of preparation to attend and complete a certificate or degree successfully, monitors student progress and provides professional and emotional support. She also tracks the success of WIA program graduates.
Prior to joining Selsius™, Kurowski gained valuable experience as an Adult Basic Education instructor at SWIC. In her six years with Adult Basic Ed, she worked primarily with the GED program. Kurowski also spent almost 10 years in public education with Grant Junior High in Fairview Heights, Ill., and the Southeastern Special Education group in Olney, Ill. Her focus was special education for the learning disabled and those with behavioral disorders.
Kurowski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, with a major in special education and has completed 20 hours of graduate work in adult education. Kurowski is certified to teach elementary K-9 and special ed K-12 in social/emotional disorders, learning disabilities and the educable mentally handicapped.
Kathy King is a WIA employment training assistant/advisor for Selsius™. She was employed in this capacity in 2007 and serves students at both the SWIC Belleville and Sam Wolf Granite City campuses weekly. She works with and manages the caseloads of students attending SWIC through the WIA program. She recruits and advises students in all facets of preparation to attend and complete a certificate or degree successfully, monitors student progress, and provides professional and emotional support.
Before coming to the Belleville and Granite City campus offices, King worked for Selsius™ as an employment training specialist in the Illinois workNet center in the Belleville Illinois Department of Employment Security office. While there, she helped job seekers maintain or improve job and resume-writing skills.
Prior to joining Selsius™, King worked in a variety of educational positions. She served as a tutor at the Fairview Heights, Ill., Sylvan Learning Center and worked for more than 18 years as a teacher at St. Henry's Grade School in Belleville, Ill., and St. Catherine Laboure in Cahokia, Ill. She also worked six years as a substitute teacher in various schools in the Belleville, Ill., Catholic Diocese. King has served as an educational recruiter and a student assessment administrator in previous educational roles.
King graduated from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, with a major in history/social studies and a minor in English.
Mickey Meddows has been the employment training specialist in charge of the Illinois workNet resource room at the Belleville Campus since 1998.
Meddows is responsible for assisting students/clients with training and employment needs. The resource room serves more than 3,000 individuals annually. Her work exposes clients to computer programs for job searching, writing resumes, exploring careers, assessing skills and researching employers. Meddows manages the resource room computer lab and a vast resource library of books and videos. She also presents more than 100 free workshops on resume writing, job hunting, networking, interviewing and keeping a job, annually.
In addition to her role with Selsius™, Meddows is an adjunct faculty member for the SWIC Adult Basic Education department. She teaches job skills for information processing, math, and MS PowerPoint. Her skills have led her to deliver faculty in-service workshops for the Adult Basic Education faculty.
Previously, Meddows worked as a program leader at the Belleville YMCA. While there, she facilitated a wide variety of courses including deep water aerobics, babysitting, etiquette, tutoring, camp counselor, and physical education instructor.
Meddows is a certified Illinois workNet advisor and content manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. She has also completed the employment specialist certificate program through the University of Illinois - Springfield.
Frank Mastromatteo has been with Southwestern Illinois College since 1995. In 2005, he joined the Selsius™ team as a resource specialist located at the SWIC Station at the East St. Louis Community College Center.
Mastromatteo is responsible for outreach, recruitment, training, public relations and special event coordination for the Illinois workNet centers. This includes assisting employment program participants with finding appropriate employment or job training. Additionally, he assists the network manager with technical support for the computer lab, including maintenance and operation of the hardware and software.
He first joined SWIC as a public safety officer in 1995. After five years, he moved to the Counseling department as a health educator, teaching prevention programs district wide. Prior to working with SWIC, Mastromatteo served 23 years in the U. S. Air Force Reserves, retiring as a master sergeant in 2006.
Mastromatteo graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. He also completed two associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force. Those degrees are in administration of justice and allied health.
Janet Field has been an employment training specialist for Selsius™ since January 2006. She is housed in the Illinois workNet center in the Belleville Illinois Department of Employment Security office, also known as the Belleville unemployment office.
As an employment training specialist, Field assesses clients' training needs, skills and interests using surveys, interviews and online assessments. She assists and instructs clients in the Illinois workNet and Illinois Job Link websites and provides information about resources they may qualify to receive, such as WIA training funds. She also presents free workshops to help clients improve their job search and interviewing skills.
In addition to her role with Selsius™, Field is an adjunct faculty member for the SWIC Adult Basic Education department. She teaches job skills classes for adult learners and is a facilitator in Job Club, which introduces job seekers to the job search process.
Prior to joining Selsius™ and SWIC, Field worked for four years as a substitute teacher and program assistant for Belleville Area Special Services. She also worked for five years as a sales manager for Dillard's in St. Louis.
Field holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville with a concentration in speech communication.
In 2007, Ann Hall joined Selsius™ Corporate & Career Training as an employment training specialist. She works in the Illinois workNet center in the Belleville Illinois Department of Security office, also known as the Belleville unemployment office.
Hall's duties are to assist job-seekers with all aspects of the job search. She presents workshops on resume writing and interviewing. She assists job seekers with resume preparation, drafting cover letters, applying online for jobs and other computer-related skills. Hall also attends job fairs and other events on and off campus which relate to employment or career development.