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DVC's Dr. Beth Arman elected president of the National Council for Workforce Education

Jun 24, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Beth Arman on her recent election as president of the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE). Dr. Arman is the Senior Dean of Career and Community Partnership at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. Her previous leadership experience includes higher education positions at the Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland) and Renton Technical College (Washington).

The NCWE is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. Members are primarily workforce education professionals working in community colleges as faculty, counselors, directors, deans, vice presidents, and presidents.

Dr. Arman brings a wealth of experience to NCWE in all aspects of workforce development, including credit and non-credit instruction, apprenticeship, building partnerships, writing and managing grants, and prior learning assessment. She has also worked as an instructor, a job developer, and a program director at a local labor council.

As an integral member of NCWE since 2007, she has previously served as a regional director and the Vice President of Government Relations. As the VP of Government Relations, Dr. Arman initiated regular legislative updates to keep members informed of workforce development policy and resources at the federal and state level to help colleges serve their communities effectively.

She has also presented to NCWE's New Workforce Professionals Academy and has served as a mentor to current and former academy participants. According to Dr. Arman, "now, more than ever, we as workforce education professionals have a critical role to play in helping individuals and businesses adapt to changing conditions and even thrive. I want to serve as the president of the National Council for Workforce Education to create opportunities for sharing ideas for new programs and practices, deepening connections among members, and developing tools to help local economies become more resilient."

DVC vice president of instruction, Dr. Mary Gutierrez, says, “I am excited and proud that Dr. Arman will serve as President of NCWE. Leading in this role allows Beth to expand her expertise and influence beyond our college to promote excellence and growth in workforce education at this particularly critical time. Additionally, this opportunity ensures that our community and college can benefit from her national perspective.”

By placing a strong emphasis on student success in exemplary programs, NCWE serves as the national leader providing resources and expertise to community colleges to enhance their efforts in preparing the current and future workforce in a global economy.

Dr. Arman will be President Elect of the National Council for Workforce Education in 2020-21, President in 2021-22, and Past-President in 2022-23.