Kathy is the Workforce Policy Associate for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She provides leadership to college programs with special emphasis on economic development and labor market strategy. She works with colleges to design and implement new programs and recommend program changes to meet employer needs. Kathy provides policy input and inter-agency coordination fostering linkages between workforce and economic development.
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges – 2008-2012
Provided leadership for special projects reporting directly to the Executive Director and Deputy Director for Educational Services. Major projects included;
- Managed an economic impact study on the state’s return on investment in the state’s community and technical colleges.
- As co-leader, facilitated the agency’s application for the Washington State Quality Awards (the State’s Baldrige Award process).
- Managed a statewide efficiency study to determine how community and technical colleges might strategically move toward operational efficiencies to reduce costs without sacrificing instruction and services for students.
- Trained as one of the agency’s two Lean process facilitators. Conducted a Lean event that resulted in significantly streamlining the application/approval process for the job skills and customized training programs managed by our office. Reduced time from project concept submission to project approval by six weeks.
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges – 2002-2008
Provided leadership and administration of the correctional education programs offered through nine community colleges at thirteen adult correctional facilities in the state through an interagency agreement with the Department of Corrections. Managed a budget of over $15 million. Educational programs included basic education courses, professional/technical programs and behavior intervention classes.
Centralia College – 1998-2002
Edmonds Community College – 1992 -1998
Administered the educational programs at the Twin Rivers Corrections Ctr. and the Special Offenders Ctr. in Monroe WA. Supervised 14 faculty and staff and managed an annual budget of about $750,000 million (1992-1998)
Administered the educational programs at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, WA). Supervised approximately 18 faculty and staff and managed a budget over $1 million. (1998-2002)