Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook: “Training the Workforce of Tomorrow – Today!”

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DVH Presentation

The Valley Industry Association invites you to join us for a special presentation on Wednesday, February 16.

Training the Workforce of Tomorrow – Today!

How many times do you catch yourself saying “…when things get back to normal”? However, as we near the two-year mark of the pandemic, we know there’s no going back and what was normal is now redefined.

That is particularly true when it comes to education and workforce training. College of the Canyons is looking ahead to ensure it is prepared for the future of work and ready to meet the needs of local business and industry for skilled employees.

Join Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook for an inside look at how technology is reshaping education and College of the Canyons is responding with its characteristic innovation and strategic thinking to stay at the forefront of change.

From launching new partnerships that emphasize skills over credentials, to planning for an Advanced Technology Center that will provide hands-on training in emerging fields, College of the Canyons is moving forward in bold and exciting ways to ensure it is ready for the new normal.

Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook Biography:   Dr. Dianne Van Hook is in her 32nd year of service as CEO of the Santa Clarita Community College District and College of the Canyons.  When hired in 1988, Dr. Van Hook became the youngest serving California Community College CEO at 37 years old.  She was one of only five women to serve as a district level CEO at that time (of 70 community college districts).  Currently, she is the longest serving CEO in the California Community College system.  She presides over a district that covers 365 square miles and serves an ever-increasing and diverse population numbering more than 270,000 people.

From an $8M annual budget to $270M; from 60 full-time faculty to more than 220; from 44 degree and certificate programs to 202; from less than 200,000 sq. ft. to nearly 1 million sq. ft. on two campuses; and, from  4,800 to 21,000 students per semester, the district has experienced remarkable innovation, advancement, and growth under Dr. Van Hook’s leadership.

Her understanding of community college funding spans the national level, the state level, the system level, and the local level.  She has served on a dozen statewide task forces charged with developing and evaluating the three previous funding formulas that allocated resources to community colleges, and has put them into practice as a college president and district level CEO.  Nominated by former U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, she served on the Bipartisan Policy Center Higher Education Task Force and appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, she is one of 12 members of the Student Centered Funding Formula Oversight Committee which is charged by the state Legislature with evaluating the Student Centered Funding Formula and recommending changes.  Additionally, she has served with distinction on more than 38 state boards and has been presented with and received over 30 state, federal, and local awards for her leadership and innovation.

Dr. Van Hook is resourceful and a strong advocate for community colleges at the state and national levels.  She has served as president of the Community College League of California (CCLC) Board of Directors; President of the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC); and President of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA).

Her leadership has garnered wide recognition, including the Five Star Leader Award from the Community College League of California; the Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award from the Association of California Community Colleges Administrators; the Presidential Leadership Award from the Network of California Community College Foundations; and The North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) President’s Award; Boy Scouts of America – Leaders of Character Honoree; the Betty Ferguson Foundation Woman of Honor; the Fifth Supervisorial District Los Angeles County Woman of the Year; a national leadership award from Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society; and Newsmaker of the Year Award by the Santa Clarita Valley Press Club; the No. 1 Most Influential Person in the Santa Clarita Valley’s Top 51 by The Signal; the SCV Business Journal’s Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award; Single Mothers Outreach Empowering Hearts Iconic Woman Honoree; the SCVi Vision in Education Award; and the SCV Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award.





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