Magazine article The Catalyst

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Charles Terrell, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Magazine article The Catalyst

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Charles Terrell, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

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WHAT'S YOUR POSITION?

President, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Moorefield, WV

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH CONTINUING EDUCATION AND TRAINING, PARTICULARLY WITH YOUR CURRENT INSTITUTION?

I was eager to connect with Easterns Continuing Education and Training Department because of my previous experiences as a director and vice president of workforce development. The workforce team arranged several visits with local employers and partners. These visits provided an excellent opportunity to listen to the needs and expectations from community leaders and employers.

DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT/INSTITUTION.

Eastern WVCTC is a comprehensive community and technical college. We offer a variety of programs and courses in career-technical education, general education, developmental studies, workforce development and community education. Eastern serves the citizens of a six county district in eastern West Virginia: Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton and Tucker Counties. Six Discovery Centers, in addition to the Main Campus and Technology Center, are located throughout the service area. These Discovery Centers are operated as distance learning classrooms linked with an interactive audio, video and data telecommunications system.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED HERE? WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR CURRENT POSITION?

IVe worked at Eastern for two years. Because of my position I am engaged with local, regional, state, and national professionals which serves the college by infusing new ideas, partnerships and opportunities into the strategic plan.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR DAILY TASKS? ARE THERE ANY LONG-TERM PROJECTS YOU ARE WORKING ON?

Each day brings new opportunities. Current projects include:

* Implementing sector-base strategies to develop a standardized approach for effectively serving targeted industries to improve the delivery of services and programs.

* Eastern established three primary sector-based groups: Allied Health, Manufacturing/Energy, and Banking and Finance to identify common training needs.

* Enhanced partnerships with high school career and technical centers to develop dual enrollment classes and offer short-term evening career and technology training for adults.

Some of our long-term initiatives:

* Career Navigator

I would like to establish a career center in the Workforce Department to provide resume building, mock job interviews, financial planning, career inventories and connecting students to regional employers in and outside of the colleges district. A Career Navigator would work closely with Learner Support Services. This is another opportunity to weave academic and workforce services together to successfully deliver college services to students while improving retention and graduation rates.

* Institutional Development Coordinator

Eastern is a small institution, but we should continue to support the development of the institution through private and public donors/grants. My goal is to establish a full-time position that would support academic and workforce initiatives with alternative funding opportunities.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE BENEFITS OF SUCH A PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT/ INSTITUTION?

Workforce Development and Continuing Education is the research and development department for the college. This department provides a quick solutionfocused response to local industry needs. I recall a colleague describing workforce and community education as the "front porch" of the community college. …

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