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Senior Director of Partnership Development
Doug Heckman joined CAEL as senior director of partnership development in 2021. Focused on building cross-sector solutions to benefit adult learners and employees, Heckman has worked extensively with postsecondary institutions to help them identify key industry partners and to assist with curricular alignment. He also has led regionally-concentrated projects, helping stakeholders collaborate on data-informed projects to assist with talent and workforce challenges. His key areas of focus at CAEL are on industry groups, employers, and postsecondary institutions.
Heckman is a former Air Force officer as well as an instructor in both community colleges and universities. He has worked abroad in Norway and in the UK, the latter where he served as Emsi’s head of further education. He currently serves as board president for the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute and previously served as president of the board of directors for the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow, Idaho.
Heckman obtained his bachelor's degree in English from the United States Air Force Academy and holds master's degrees from San Jose State University and from the University of Washington. He and his family reside in Idaho, where they enjoy access to the region’s abundant outdoor activities.