Joining our BSED Team as the BillingsWorks Manager is Shaye Metcalf!
She answered a few questions to help us get to know her, check them out below! Please join us in welcoming Shaye to the team!
Where did you grow up?
Here! Billings, Montana born and raised. I graduated from Billings Skyview High School and feel fortunate to have been a part of this community for most of my life.
Career background before joining the BSED team?
My background is in public education. I was a Career and Technical Education teacher for the past twelve years. Specifically, I taught Family and Consumer Sciences courses, helping students gain technical and soft skills for employability both now and in the future. It was during this time that I developed a passion for partnering education with industry to help fill the workforce pipeline in Montana.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
Most people know I like to chat and am an active person, but many do not know that I also love to read. I have been an avid reader since I was a kid and I try to carve out a little bit of time each day to read.
What’s your favorite snack?
I am a dip kind of person. Any kinds of dip! Hummus and veggies or salsa and chips are my go-to snacks.
What was your first job?
My first job was as a baker and sandwich maker at “Off Main Street Deli” in the Billings Heights. As a young person I learned so much from that small business! Everything from customer service, cash handling, time management, flexibility, and teamwork. I have always been grateful for that start as it played an important role in building my work ethic from a young age as well as showed me the “behind the scenes” of running a small business in the Billings economy.
How do you prefer to start your day?
An early morning walk with my dogs followed by a cup of strong coffee is how I like to start my day.
What led you to this career field?
A few things led me here. Firstly, my background as an educator. I have an enthusiasm in seeing people succeed and it is my goal to see both students and business in Billings benefit from workforce development. Secondly, and importantly, a love for and pride in the Billings community was a driving force for me. I am invested in this community and its people; thus, I am excited to be a part of the Big Sky Economic Development team helping the Billings economy thrive.