John Balchunas is the Assistant Director of Professional Development Courses at North Carolina State University’s BTEC (Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center) where he has responsibility for overseeing industry-targeted short courses (custom and open enrollment) for industry professionals. Prior to joining NC State in 2014, John was the Director of Workforce Development for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, an internationally-recognized and state-funded private non-profit corporation ultimately charged with creating jobs through support of research, education, and business. Through his professional work, John has gained tremendous insight into the hiring and training needs of the life science, information technology and other industries. John has authored several publications focused on career preparedness, workforce assessment, and skill standards in the biomanufacturing industry as well as articles in journals and trade magazines. John holds a Master of Science in Technical Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from North Carolina State University. In addition, John was selected as a Marano Fellow in the Aspen Institute's Sector Skills Academy for 2012-2013, a one year fellowship that provides emerging leaders with an opportunity for experiential learning with practical applications for present and future work in sector-specific workforce development field.