Sunday, 25 February 2024

Yuba College selects Dixon as dean of CTE and workforce development

Dr. Alan Dixon. Courtesy photo.

MARYSVILLE, Calif. – Yuba College recently named Dr. Alan Dixon as its new dean of career and technical education, or CTE, and workforce development.

Dixon comes to Yuba College after working in higher education for 15 years. He will begin his new position by working closely with faculty to understand the current trends and technology standards for various CTE industries.

“Technology undergoes constant change. To best prepare our students to enter the workforce, we must keep pace with that change,” he said. “My goal as CTE dean is to work with faculty to ensure our students are trained with the latest and greatest technology so they graduate with the tools they need to succeed.”

Dixon oversees approximately 20 areas at the college including: health programs like nursing, emergency medical technology and radiology; behavioral science programs such as human services and psychiatric technology; applied technology programs including manufacturing and welding; public safety programs like the police and fire academies, and more programs that lead to in-demand careers.

“These programs are designed to help students hone in on the skills they need so they are fully prepared to step into the careers they want. It’s exciting to work with faculty to shape the best learning experience they can have,” Dixon said.

Additionally, he is eager to work with local agencies and employers to build internship programs that will give students real-world experience and support local employers.

“It is a win for Yuba College when our students become contributing members of our community from both their learning experiences with us and the experiences they gain with our community partners,” Dixon said.

He shared that he is eager to build his own relationships with the Yuba community.

“I am looking forward to forging local relationships to learn about the needs and priorities of our community and working together to meet and exceed those challenges. My belief is if we work together to learn about each other and share our hopes and dreams, we can continue to evolve our college to best serve our students and community,” Dixon said.

To learn about CTE programs at Yuba College, please visit https://yc.yccd.edu/academics/career-technical-education/.

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