Jack Heslin

John G. "Jack" Heslin
A Workforce Development Consultant

Ph 804-586-3369


Jack is the President/Owner of Black Jack Enterprises Inc., a workforce development consulting company.

Jack is also part of the Thinking Media team and the statewide representative in Virginia for KeyTrain™ --- a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use system for improving the basic skills measured by the WorkKeys® Employment System.

Until August of 2002, Jack was the Coordinator for Workforce Development at John Tyler Community College (JTCC) Chester, Virginia, consistently one of the top WorkKeys Service Centers in the nation. Jack had been with the Virginia Community College System for the past fifteen years as a Sociology professor and an administrator at JTCC with the responsibility for apprenticeship programs and the operation of an Outreach Center at Fort Lee, VA. He has worked extensively with companies and secondary schools in the greater Richmond metropolitan area as they participated with John Tyler Community College in developing the workforce. Mr. Heslin is a certified ACT WorkKeys profiler and has been the Administrator for a WorkKeys Assessment Center through the Crater Regional Partnership. He has conducted over 60 job profiles and administered more than 8,600 WorkKeys assessments. He has made numerous presentations to area, state and national educators and business leaders on workforce development. He has appeared before several State level appropriations and finance committees. He holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island, and a BA from Providence College. Jack completed a 20-year military career as an Army aviator and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel. He has had several articles published in military journals. Jack is a member of the Chester Rotary Club, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association VHPA and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.

As part of Thinking Media he is the instate representative for KeyTrain in the state of Virginia in addition to aiding KeyTrain efforts in other states. He is available as a resource for the many clients in the state. KeyTrain continues to grow and is recognized by many as the top WorkKeys curriculum fully meeting all ACT standards for quality. If you would like to contact Jack, email him at jack@keytrain.com.


American Association of Community Colleges AACC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE San Diego, CA Jan. 27-30, 1999 "Entrepreneurial Partnership: A Systematic Approach to Workforce Development"

Third Annual Workforce Education Conference, Houston, TX. Feb 11-12, 1999 "Innovations in Partnerships: A Systematic Approach to Workforce Development"

GET TO WORK! Investing in America's Human Resources Conference, Alexandria, VA. Mar 20-23, 1999 "Entrepreneurial Partnership: A Systematic Approach to Workforce Development"

LEAGUE FOR INNOVATION: INNOVATIONS 2000, Orlando, Florida, Feb. 27 - March 1, 2000. "Creating a Seamless Approach to Workforce Development"

AACC Workforce Development Conference 2002, Miami, Florida, "Workforce Development - A Shared Responsibility"


LTC Heslin was born in 1943 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and attended high school at La Salle Academy. He graduated from Providence College in Providence, RI, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and was commissioned in the Regular Army, June 1965. He attended Infantry Officer Basic Course and Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he served as a platoon leader in the Dominican Republic and commander the rear detachment for 1st Battalion, 504th Infantry at Fort Bragg, NC

LTC Heslin attended Rotary Wing Flight School from October 1966 through June 1967. As an Army aviator, he was assigned to the 57th Assault Helicopter Company at Fort Bragg, NC and deployed with the unit to Vietnam in October 1967. Upon arrival in Vietnam, he was assigned to the 119th Assault Helicopter Company where he served as an assault helicopter platoon commander and operations officer.

Following completion of his first tour in Vietnam, Jack was assigned to the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he performed duties as a senior instructor for the Warrant Officer Career Course and commanded the 31st Enlisted Student Company. After completing the Infantry Officer Advanced Course as an honor graduate in July 1971, he attended Fixed Wing Transition Training enroute to his second tour in Vietnam. In Vietnam, he performed duties as the 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion S-3, operations officer, and Assistant S-3 for the 17th Combat Aviation Group during the period, December 1971 through December 1972.

Upon returning from Vietnam in December 1972, LTC Heslin enrolled in the University of Rhode Island as a Master's Degree candidate in the Department of Sociology. He received his Master's Degree and graduated with honors in 1974. He immediately assumed duties as an ROTC instructor at the University of Rhode Island where he served for a period of three years.

In 1977, he was selected for attendance at the Naval War College Command and Staff Course and graduated with honors in June 1978.

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