CEcD Profile: Sean Maguire

Sean Maguire

Vice President for Workforce Development & Community Education

Suny Schenectady County Community College

Past Community: Capital District Regional Planning Commission, New York State Department of State, and the Albany County Department of Economic Development, Conservation, and Planning

CEcD Coursework: OU EDI

CEcD Since: April 2019

Time to CEcD: 1 year*


I think it’s worth the time and effort. Just getting yourself up to speed on all of the classes alone is tremendously valuable. I never in my career had to do loan packaging or evaluating balance sheets. That was one of the most valuable things was economic development finance, which I did right off the bat. I just wanted to dive right into it because it was one of those things, sometimes you’re not comfortable with something it’s probably the thing you should do right away. I would say that it’s helpful to your career if you want to grow and advance in economic development, having somebody else validate the skills that you have is tremendously important.

Certainly now that I’m more into leadership positions, I get to hire people. Those are the individuals that stand out, the ones that took the extra step along the way to not only learn something but to test themselves out and prove it through somebody else. I think that’s why I would do it. I’m all about trying to raise economic development as a profession and there’s a lot of people that come in and their intentions are all well and good to jump right into economic development. There are few that can really stand out and say yeah, not only do I do this job but I put the time and effort in behind it to learn this job. Somebody else has tested those skills and they hold up. The skills and knowledge I have are transferrable across the country. Then you’re all speaking the same language too. I think that’s why it’s important.

I think anybody taking this exam should find somebody who has been through it or going through it. Make a new friend along the way, make a new LinkedIn connection, whatever you’ve got to do. Don’t do this alone, that’s probably the key piece of advice there, don’t go at this alone.

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