Cheryl Carrier

Executive Director, Ford Next Generation Learning

Cheryl Carrier is the Executive Director of Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL), the signature education program of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. Cheryl leads the team responsible for developing and managing the innovative Ford NGL program, which is designed to engage educators, employers, and community leaders in the common goal of preparing today’s high school students for the careers of tomorrow. Through community engagement, Ford NGL provides a proven framework to develop high school academies that are career-themed and provide students with opportunities to engage in relevant, academically rigorous, authentic learning opportunities. Currently, there are 40+ communities across the country that are using the Ford NGL framework. Cheryl works closely with business executives, government/civic leaders, economic development and workforce development intermediaries to help align education with the skills needed by companies and the local region. Cheryl joined Ford in 1978 and has held various positions at Ford. Cheryl assisted Ford Executive Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr., for many years, including a special assignment as the HR Dir. with the Detroit Lions, where she was responsible for developing human resource policy. Cheryl retired from Ford on December 31, 2013 and has been retained by Ford Motor Company Fund to continue as the Executive Director of Ford NGL.

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