Demetria “Lynn” Strickland has over 20+ years of management experience in the for-profit, military, non-profit, and state sectors. Strickland is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army where she served nine years domestically and abroad. After receiving an honorable discharge from the service, Strickland started her career in apprenticeship and education in 2004 at Skookum Education Services where she worked as a Human Relations Generalist, Apprenticeship Coordinator and Operations Manager.
In 2007, Strickland was hired by Bates Technical College to serve as Associate Dean where she supervised 14 apprenticeship programs, Continuing Education, and Boiler Certification. Strickland was promoted in 2011 to Dean of Instruction for Construction and Manufacturing supervising 11 career training programs while keeping her previous responsibilities she had as Associate Dean.
In February of 2012, Strickland joined AJAC’s team as a Program Manager to supervise elements of the Air Washington grant, Part147 Aviation Maintenance Technician schools Fighting 147 group, AJAC’s Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU), and the Manufacturing Academy pre-apprenticeship program. Strickland was promoted to Deputy Director in July 2012 and Executive Director in August 2014.
Strickland’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Human Resources Certificate.