Pascael Barclay Beaudette is bullish about technical education. In her role as executive director of research and business intelligence for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), she is directing the launch of a new research and development framework to make advanced technical education available throughout Georgia.
“We were awarded over $8 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop educational resources to support the nanotechnology and electric vehicle industries,” she said. “We have to make sure we have both the equipment and the curriculum to train the workforce these employers need.”
With much of the TCSG’s effort targeting rural communities, Barclay Beaudette views her work as an economic stepping-stone for first-generation students seeking well-paying career options—particularly in geographic areas where options may be slim. “We are also developing innovation incubators in rural areas throughout the state in conjunction with the K-12 InVenture Prize,” she said. “We want to expose more students to the possibilities that modern manufacturing offers.”
Barclay Beaudette is a native of Missouri who earned her undergraduate degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. In addition to being honored as one of Emory University’s 40 under 40, she was also named one of Truman State’s 25 under 40 this year. After earning her master’s in political science from Emory, Barclay Beaudette and her husband, whom she met during graduate school, returned to Missouri, where she analyzed data for the Missouri Department of Labor. A visiting professorship at Morehouse College for her husband brought the family back to Atlanta; Donald Beaudette is now an assistant professor at Oxford College.
“My husband likes to say that we breathe Emory,” she said, mentioning that their second son was born at Emory Midtown Hospital. Barclay Beaudette is grateful for her graduate experience and credits Emory for helping her develop analytical skills. “I learned my first programming language at Emory from Political Science Professor Eric Reinhart, and that has opened the door for a lot of jobs.”