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August 28, 2013

Blinn’s new Sealy campus director brings diverse skill set

Caton plans to strengthen campus’s workforce and technical education programs

Lisa CatonWith the diverse range of academic, workforce training and continuing education classes available at Blinn College – Sealy, the campus needed a director with an equally varied background. It found exactly that in Lisa Caton.

Blinn College District President Harold Nolte announced today that the former Navarro College assistant dean will be the new director of Blinn’s Sealy campus beginning Sept. 16.

“She has a lot of different kinds of experience, and that’s part of what we really like about her,” Nolte said. “She was instrumental in getting Navarro’s Midlothian campus off the ground. She has a lot of workforce education experience and she is also accustomed to partnering with local businesses.”

Caton comes to Sealy with a diverse background that includes stints as the director of marketing, assistant dean of continuing education and assistant dean of career and technical programs at Navarro. After 17 years at Navarro, she transitioned to recent positions as director of business development at the Hope Clinic in Waxahachie and business development specialist with Harden Healthcare.

“For me, it’s always about teamwork,” Caton said. “Being in the business environment these last few years has done me a world of good and given me great experience in working with different teams to produce a positive outcome.”

As assistant dean of Continuing Education at Navarro, Caton successfully secured Texas Workforce Commission grants for business training for Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and Toyota and increased contact hours each year by an average of 5 percent. She developed and implemented the College’s police and fire academies and restructured the Continuing/Workforce Education Department processes across four campuses to aid in the division’s growth.

As assistant dean of career and technical programs, Caton developed and implemented cosmetology, criminal investigation and medical coding and transcription programs.

“I believe Blinn has a lot of potential for expanding its workforce and continuing education programs,” she said. “I think that for small campuses and communities to thrive, they need to encourage companies into the area, and to do that they need a well-trained workforce. Our dual credit and academic transfer programs are important, but I think our workforce programs need to be equally important moving forward.”

Blinn – Sealy offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information on course offerings and student registration, visit: www.blinn.edu/sealy or call 979-627-7997.