Sascha Harrell has been active in workforce education for fifteen years, focusing on the manufacturing industry and 21st-century skills. Sascha serves as the director of education and workforce for the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) at Purdue University. IN-MaC develops and implements K-16 education and workforce programming that enhances the talents and capabilities of Indiana’s present and future workforce. Facilitating connections between educators and industry catalyzes the formation of near-term and long-term skills - partnering and developing a variety of STEM-type, skilled trades, degrees (associates and undergraduate), pathways, and certificate programs.
Before this position, Sascha worked as a human resources manager at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. and Caterpillar, Inc. Sascha continues to lead workforce education initiatives and collaborations across Indiana with industry, K-16 education and educators, economic development and community organizations, and workforce development providers. In this effort, the state continues to gain momentum in manufacturing talent development, workforce programming and identifying industry and education ecosystems and best practices.
Sascha is a current graduate Ph.D. candidate in Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University, focusing on STEM education and technology. Her research interest includes perceptions of manufacturing in K-12 and postsecondary education, industry-education partnerships, and communities of practice. She holds an MS in Education from Purdue University with an area of focus in workforce development and manufacturing skills in the 21st century and a BA from Morehead State University.
Harrell, (Co-PI). Advancing the Next Generation for Manufacturing Competitiveness: A Regional Talent Pipeline Ecosystem, Tecumseh Area Partnership. June 2019 - June 2021
Harrell, (PI). IN-MaC Design & Innovation Studio and Educational Testbed, SDI Innovations. November 2019 - June 2022
Women in Manufacturing Board of Directors Member - Education Foundation, 2021
Influential Women in Manufacturing, IWIM 2020 Recipient
Strimel, G. J., Krause, L., Bosman, L., Serban, S., & Harrell, S. (2020). The next generation for manufacturing competitiveness? Investigating the influence of industry-driven outreach on children career perceptions. Journal of STEM Education Research, 1-27.
Madamanchi, Harrell, & Strimel. (2020). IN‐MaC Summer Internship: Value and Benefits of Internship Experiences in Manufacturing Across Indiana. The Indiana Manufacturer, 17.
Harrell, Sascha (2023). "Employee Retentin and Succession Planning." Presented to Indiana Court Administration. Virtual.
Harrell, Sascha (2022). "Purdue IN-MaC Programming in STEM." Presented to Indiana Department of Education, National STEM Day: Forging Our Future, Virtual.
Harrell, Sascha (2021). "Purdue IN-MaC Design and Innovation Studios." Presented at Maker Faire Conference in Anderson, IN.
Harrell, Sascha (2021). "Workforce Education." Presented at the Indiana Manufacturing Association Workforce Summit in Indianapolis, IN.
Strimel, Harrell(2020). “Investigating the Influence of Industry-Driven Outreach on Children Career Perceptions.” Presented at the Indiana STEM Education Conference in West Lafayette, IN.
Strimel, Harrell (2019). “Investigating the Influence of Industry-Driven Outreach on Children Career Perceptions.” Presented at the Women in Manufacturing Summit in Denver, CO.
Harrell, Sascha (2019). “Investigating the Influence of Industry-Driven Outreach on Children Career Perceptions.” Presentation presented at JA EduSpark, Indianapolis, IN.
Harrell, Sascha (2019): "Workforce Education Partnership in Post-Secondary and Industry and Investigating the Influence of Industry-Driven Outreach on Children Career Perceptions." Presentation presented at Ivy Tech Community College to Deans and Workforce Cluster, Indianapolis, IN.
Harrell, Sascha (2019): "Workforce Ecosystem: Developing creative approaches to serve specific segments of the job seeker population, identifying partnership models across workforce segments to provide smoother pathways for job seekers, and creating solutions to change the perceptions around alternative pathways." Panelist at the Skillful Indiana Governor’s Coaching Corps, Indianapolis, IN.
IN-MaC Industry Design and Innovation Studios
IN-MaC Micro-Grant Program
IN-MaC Industry Internship Program
IN-MaC Industry and Education Pathways
IN-MaC Research on Perceptions of Manufacturing in K-12
CESMII Education & Workforce Development (EWD) Outreach Standing Committee
Conexus Indiana Next Level Veterans Advisory Council Member
Indiana Manufacturing Association INFAME AMT Program Board Member
Ivy Tech Community College Logistics Advisor
Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation Board Member
Workforce Action Team, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Indiana Manufacturing Association Workforce Committee Member
Caterpillar Human Resources Supervisor
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. Human Resources Assistant Manager