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Clark College News and Events


October 5, 2006
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921

THE CLARK COLLEGE CORPORATE EDUCATION TEAM
IS IN STEP WITH BUSINESS

Clark College Corporate Education enters the new academic year
with a new management team in place to serve the business community

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Clark College Corporate Education Department has entered the new academic year with a dynamic management team in place.

The team will expand on the accomplishments of the 2005-2006 year.  During that time, the department provided customized training for 32 businesses, entered into 70 training contracts, trained 1,320 employees (up 19.5% from the previous year) and did direct marketing to 9,000 businesses in the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area.  Through Professional Development, the department offered 146 classes and seminars with an enrollment of 2,873 (up 44.1% from the previous year).

Executive Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education Lisa Edwards noted, “We’re working hard to offer new training and secure new funding to help train the workers that our local businesses need.  We’ve offered new programs in leadership and management including a new, customizable management certificate program and Franklin Covey seminars and workshops.” 

She added, “Within the next two years, Corporate Education will become a comprehensive resource center for the business community.  We’ll provide a wide range of services including high-quality custom and open enrollment training programs, a Small Business Development Center, and state-of-the-art meeting rooms and conference space.  In everything we do, we’re committed to proving that we are in step with business.”

Director of Corporate Education Todd Oldham

Director of Corporate Education Todd Oldham is a corporate learning and business development professional with experience in both the private sector and higher education.

His business development career has included both outside and inside sales positions where he called upon senior executives representing products and services for both Fortune 500 and small- to medium-sized businesses. Oldham’s industry experience includes the computer and lease finance industries.

In 2001, Oldham became a program manager for a multi-campus university managing technology and leadership programs targeted to adult and corporate audiences.  

Oldham, who joined Clark College in 2005, was drawn to the college’s corporate education department because it represented “a new vision for corporate learning and training, something different from what I had previously seen delivered from within an institution of higher education.  I appreciate Clark’s big picture approach to serving the local business community by building the department’s strategy on the natural synergy that exists between business, education and technology. I believe we are among the vanguard institutions in working with and developing this type of corporate education model.”

Todd Oldham, who resides in Vancouver, earned his M.B.A. from Chapman University and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in history and anthropology from UCLA.

Corporate Relations Manager Tom Barrows

Tom Barrows has joined Clark College as Corporate Relations Manager.  A native of Philadelphia, Barrows has over 30 years of experience in sales, sales management and general management in the business-to-business sector in Washington, Ohio, Nevada and Arizona.

While in Arizona, Barrows was an adjunct instructor at Pima Community College, where he taught management, supervision, marketing and advertising.  He also volunteered in high school business classrooms as a mentor in the Junior Achievement program.

Barrows, who joined Clark College in August 2006, said, “Clark College offers me the opportunity to meld two passions:  solving problems in public and private business organizations and education.  Representing Clark College and the Customized Training division of Corporate Education allows me to enrich the quality of life for individuals, organizations and our community.”

Barrows graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business with honors from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry as a company commander in Vietnam, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor. He is a past member of the Las Vegas and Tucson Rotary Clubs and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Corporate Relations Manager Michelle Giovannozzi

Michelle Giovannozzi came to Clark College with 16 years experience in adult education and training.  She was previously employed as an Administrator and Executive Director for Business Computer Training Institute (BCTI), based in Gig Harbor, Washington. 

Giovannozzi holds a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Seattle Pacific University.  She maintains Professional Human Resource certification from the Society for Human Resource Management and is a member of the Southwest Washington Human Resource Management Association, the Portland Human Resource Management Association and the American Society for Training and Development.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Concerned Citizens for Safety and on an advisory committee to the Vancouver School District.  Giovannozzi is also an active volunteer with Vancouver Schools and the Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee.

Michelle Giovannozzi’s passion for the intersection of education and business drew her to the Corporate Education Department at Clark College.   Her position as Corporate Relations Manager affords her opportunity “to learn about local businesses and assist them in meeting the training and development needs of their employees.  During my first year with Customized Training, I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to the expansion of the training we provide.”  She added, “I believe there are a wealth of opportunities for the college to impact the local business community.”

Giovannozzi has lived in the Vancouver area for 13 years.  She currently resides in Felida.

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