Kim Schenk leads CCCAOE 

Kim Schenk

Kim Schenk, dean of career/technical education and economic development at Diablo Valley College, has begun her second term as president of the California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) for 2009-2010.

CCCAOE is a strong and active statewide organization with more than 750 members, including career technical education instructional deans and faculty, economic workforce development initiative directors, chief instructional officers, student services personnel, and community business partners. It is committed to enhancing its members’ ability to respond to workforce-related opportunities and challenges by:

  • providing forums to learn from one another’s innovative ideas
  • advocating on behalf of the mission of career-technical education and economic development
  • communicating trends and issues in a timely manner
  • supporting the development of emerging and current leaders, and
  • facilitating a renewed vigor for the vital role members play in today’s and tomorrow’s community colleges.

As president of the CCCAOE board, Schenk will guide the creative leadership team in service to career-technical education, economic development, and the community college system.

“The workforce development mission of the community colleges nationwide is of vital importance to the economic recovery,” Schenk said. President Obama highlighted this in his recent address at Hudson Valley Community College. His American Graduation Initiative is a bold challenge to us to step up and ensure that our institutions are relevant. It is an enormously challenging time for CTE and CCCAOE, and I am honored to be part of the important work that is being accomplished.”