Dean of Continuing Education, Workforce Training, and Economic Development
Dean of Continuing Education, Workforce Training,
and Economic Development
at South Texas College
South Texas College, a comprehensive, multi-campus public community college in the Rio Grande Valley, has launched a national search for the Dean of Continuing Education, Workforce Training and Economic Development. This administrator will report directly to the President. The Search Committee invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest.
Complete information is available in the Search Profile at https://myersmcrae.com/skins/userfiles/files/STC-DeanCE.pdf
Founded in 1993, South Texas College (STC) is a nationally recognized community college with over 32,000 credit and more than 13,000 non-credit students each semester and a faculty and staff of more than 2,600. The college has five campuses, plus a sixth virtual online campus, and offers more than 121 degree and certificate program options and four applied baccalaureate degree programs.
The largest and fastest growing higher educational institution south of San Antonio, STC also offers continuing, professional, and workforce education programs and Dual Credit courses for eligible high school students.
More than 70 percent of the students are the first in their families to attend college, and more than 95 percent of the students are Hispanic. The Dual Credit program, which represents nearly 40 percent of the total enrollment, served over 100,000 high school students since 2000.
Shirley A. Reed, MBA, Ed.D., is the current and founding President of STC. A highly respected college administrator, Dr. Reed brought two decades of experience in higher education to the presidency, having served previously as Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services at Northland Pioneer College in Arizona.
Her passion for providing educational opportunities is evident in the many accomplishments of the College over the past 25 years. STC has transformed not only the lives of its students and graduates, but also the entire Rio Grande Valley.
STC has long been recognized as a catalyst for regional economic prosperity and social mobility for its service area in Hidalgo and Starr counties. Since the creation of South Texas College, the unemployment rate in its two-county district has dropped from 24.1 percent to 7.9 percent for Hidalgo County and from 40.3 percent to 13.0 percent for Starr County (August 2015). Additionally, the population below the poverty level has dropped from 41.5 percent to 34.8 percent for Hidalgo County, and from 59.6 percent to 39.2 percent in Starr County.
STC serves more than 23,000 non-credit continuing education students a year, of which over 2,000 are part of the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing. Whether through career preparation, career pathways, customized corporate training, professional education and development, professional conferences, or personal enrichment courses, STC provides quality education opportunities to enable students to reach their professional and personal goals and companies to have a skilled and trained workforce to prosper.
For complete information, visit www.southtexascollege.edu/cpwe/
The Dean of Continuing Education, Workforce Training, and Economic Development is an exceptional opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader who is committed to serving students and the community and is passionate about their success.
The Dean of Continuing Education, Workforce Training, and Economic Development (Dean) provides visionary, results-oriented leadership in delivering quality educational opportunities for lifelong learners and custom training for businesses, industry, and area companies. The Dean is responsible for developing, managing, and administering programs in the areas of Adult Basic Education, Customized Workforce Training and Economic Development, Personal Enrichment, and Professional Education and Development.
Working with a 20-member staff, the Dean develops programs that offer quality and lifelong education opportunities through career preparation, career pathways, customized corporate training, professional education and development, professional conferences, and personal enrichment courses. The on-site programs are offered on the Pecan Campus, Starr County campus, and the Technology Campus.
A master's degree in Education or related field is required; a doctorate is preferred. Candidate must have at least five years of experience in any of the following or combined areas: adult education, continuing education, workforce training, customized training, or other relevant experience. A minimum of two years of progressive administrative/supervisory experience is required.
Knowledge of non-credit continuing education, program development, operations, management, marketing, and grant development is preferred.
Due to travel, candidate must have or qualify for a valid Texas driver's license and proof of liability insurance.
Other requirements include:
All applicants are subject to a national criminal background check under South Texas College policy. Because this is a security sensitive position, finalists will have a federal background check.
South Texas College
For the past 26 years, South Texas College has fulfilled its mission of being a public institution of higher education that provides educational opportunities through excellence in teaching and learning, workforce development, cultural enrichment, community service, and regional and global collaborations. The College is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and its offerings are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency.
The College has four academic divisions: Business & Technology, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Math & Science, and Nursing and Allied Health. Associate degrees are offered in a variety of liberal arts, social science, business, math, science, technology, advanced manufacturing, and allied health fields of study. Additionally, STC is the only community college in the State of Texas to offer four baccalaureate degrees.
More than 2,700 faculty and staff members serve the college's six campuses, two higher education centers, and one virtual campus. Committed to student success, the faculty provide not only knowledge and expertise in the classroom, but also serve as mentors to their students.
South Texas College is a model of collaboration with public schools and has one of the largest dual enrollment programs in the state of Texas. A variety of dual enrollment programs have been instituted, including six academies, drop-out recovery programs and other unique initiatives with 24 school districts, and over 78 high school sites throughout Hidalgo and Starr counties.
In addition, South Texas College leads the nation in the number of Early College High School partnerships developed with area Independent School Districts. This includes 29 Early College High Schools and two Career and Technical Early College High Schools.
Visit South Texas College's website at www.southtexascollege.edu.
Rio Grande Valley, Texas
South Texas College is located in two counties within the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), the southernmost tip of South Texas. Residents of Hidalgo and Starr counties enjoy warm sub-tropical breezes and family-friendly communities, complemented by the charms of Historic Old Mexico.
Whether looking for an established neighborhood or a more urban setting, the area offers outstanding affordable housing along with quality public and private schools and great parks and recreational venues. Shopping, fine and casual dining, and arts and cultural opportunities are available. Also, Texas does not have a personal state income tax.
South Padre Island and Gulf Coast beaches are only a short drive away. For bird watchers, the area is a renowned birding destination.
The area often earns accolades and high rankings on national “Best of” lists. Among its many rankings in 2018, the City of McAllen in Hidalgo County was named #34 in Best American Small Cities by Resonance Consultancy and among the Best For Frugal Retirees by Smart Assets.
South Texas College is an equal education and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. As an equal education institution and equal opportunity employer, the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
Nominations and Application Process
Confidential inquiries are welcomed; nominations are invited.
To Apply - Application packet must include: a) letter of interest, b) current curriculum vitae, and c) at least five references with full contact and e-mail information and must include references at each place of employment within the past 10 years. (References will not be contacted without the applicant's consent.)
Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to [email protected] by July 29, 2019, for best consideration. The application process will remain open until the position is filled.
Submit nominations to [email protected] with complete contact and e-mail information on the individual being nominated.
Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, are assisting STC with this search.
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