Joe Ippolito provides expertise in the design and management of large-scale initiatives focused on career education and training for diverse fields. He is deeply committed to creating pathways to STEM careers and improving outcomes for at-risk young people, including youth reentering the community from juvenile detention centers.
Ippolito engages experts in documenting the skills and knowledge that professionals need to succeed. Career-technical education institutions, workforce training programs, and colleges use the resulting “professional profiles” to design curricula, workshops, and courses. Recently, for EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, he co-led panels of big data experts in developing the first profiles of a Big Data-enabled Professional and Data Practitioner. Previously, he co-led the development of profiles of what “Social Technology-Enabled” and “Computational Thinking-Enabled” professionals need to know and be able to do. He is the lead author of the recent case study “Defining an Emerging Occupation: Who Is the Social Technology Enabled Professional” published by Sheffield Hallam University.
As the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) research project, Ippolito is examining the extent to which best-practice social media strategies enable colleges to increase student enrollment. He is also leading an NSF-ATE project that is working with community colleges to create big-data career pathways. Previously, he supported Athens Technical College (GA) in strengthening career pathways for its students. Ippolito has co-authored Fulfilling the Call: A Model for Unitarian Universalist Ministry in the 21st Century, Project SMART: Local Manufacturing Industry Skill Standards, and Project SMART: Work-Based Learning in the Manufacturing Firm.
Before joining EDC, Ippolito served as Vice-President / Programs and Development for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, where he designed and managed programs to deliver comprehensive career development, job readiness, and mentoring services to middle- and high-school students. Earlier in his career, he worked as a community organizer, building interdenominational faith-based advocacy organizations in low-income communities.
Ippolito received a BA in Religious Studies from Duke University and an MA in Religious Studies from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago