The newest President for West Hills College Coalinga is Carole Goldsmith, currently the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Workforce Development for the West Hills Community College District. Dr. Goldsmith was chosen Tuesday at the District’s regular board meeting after a lengthy search that was narrowed down to four candidates, then two. The first woman to serve as President of the Coalinga campus will begin her new duties on Jan. 1, 2013.
“It was an honor for me to recommend her to the board,” said Frank Gornick, District Chancellor, and Dr. Goldsmith’s boss for more than past nine years. “She was chosen from an outstanding field of candidates. She is noted for her outstanding work ethic, high energy, and dedication to the Central Valley. She is a strong advocate for community colleges and for the region.”
In addition to her duties as Vice Chancellor, the 47-year-old administrator, a former teacher and K-12 vice principal, has served for the last year as the coordinator for a $19.9 million U.S. Department of Labor grant for job training. She has led the consortium of 11 Central Valley colleges in groundbreaking work to standardize and streamline the pathway to technical skills training in order to get workers into the workplace with skills that are currently in demand.
“Working on the grant this past year has given me the opportunity to collaborate with the finest educators in the region,” she said. “It’s made me realize the good work we are doing and how important it is. It’s been exciting. We’ve developed strategies to improve education. It’s been a regional effort. Now I’m moving to a single focus on Coalinga. I want to take that same level of excitement and innovation and change with me. To be able to do that and work closely with our outstanding faculty will be a real joy for me. Our faculty members are the innovative leaders in the Valley. So much rests on our success: workplace readiness, our high school partnerships, and most importantly, student achievement.” (Read more.)
Via the WHCC website.