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September 30, 2013

Blinn names veteran workforce development leader to dean position

Costanza specializes in partnering community colleges with local business

Megan CostanzaBlinn College has named an expert in partnering community colleges with local businesses its new dean of technical and professional programs.

Megan Costanza, former director of workforce development at Lone Star College System and a former legislative assistant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., begins her duties overseeing Blinn’s workforce and continuing education programs Oct. 7.

“Her extensive experience in workforce and continuing education will be an invaluable asset to Blinn as we strive to become more responsive to the training needs of our students, businesses and industries,” said Vice President for Health Sciences Dr. Cynthia Griffith, who chaired the search committee. “We look forward to her many contributions in the near future."

For the past year, Costanza has served as a strategy analyst for Stewart & Stevenson, LLC, overseeing the development of various data collection initiatives.

As director of Workforce Development at Lone Star from 2007-12, Costanza directed workforce development activities for a college system of more than 90,000 students across six campuses. She initiated and nurtured relationships with local businesses across various industries and developed focus groups to identify workforce needs.

“My experience lies mostly in using industry partners to foster greater student success,” Costanza said. “With local business and industry already invested in Blinn College’s workforce and technical programs, there are limitless opportunities. The relationships Blinn has already established with the business community means our students have an excellent opportunity to be successful and our community will see a strong return on its investment in the College.”

Blinn College offers workforce and technical training on its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy. The 12,000-square foot A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center was built in Brenham in 2009 to provide local training for a quality, viable workforce in Washington County and the surrounding communities.

The College also offers workforce training on its Schulenburg and Sealy campuses, as well as its Workforce Education Training Center located at 5503 Raymond Stotzer Parkway in College Station and another campus located at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan.

Blinn’s non-credit Workforce Education classes are designed to fulfill the specific training needs for individuals, business and industry and allow students to master a skill or subject without taking entrance exams or enrolling in college credit courses. These courses vary in length and are offered throughout the year. For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce.