Kenneth Dupré brings a decade’s experience in higher education workforce training and $23.5 million in grant implementation experience to his new role as Blinn College – Bryan campus WorkforceEducation director, the College announced today.
Dupré comes to Blinn from Meridian, Miss., where he served as vice president of the Montgomery Institute and assistant dean of community and business development at Meridian Community College. He brings 10 years of collegiate workforce education experience and eight years in higher education program management to his new role.
“Ken brings incredible workforce expertise to Blinn College,” said Megan Costanza, dean of Workforce Education. “His experience writing, implementing and managing multi-state federal workforce grants focused on job training and the workforce needs of local industry makes him a unique fit for our division and its goals.”
At the Montgomery Institute, Dupré managed a $15 million U.S. Department of Labor workforce training grant and was responsible for creating the metrics and managing the deliverables of eight community colleges.
At Meridian, Dupré oversaw the college’s Workforce Development, Continuing Education, Adult Basic Education and Career Development programs as well as the Small Business Assistance Center.
Dupré served as Meridian’s community development facilitator from 2006-08, where he implemented a pilot program designed to facilitate economic development and community-building programs through partnerships with regional municipalities. He also served as Jones County Junior College’s director of adult education.
“Ken has the proven ability to build career pathways between continuing education and credit, as well as launch new workforce programs and open labs,” Costanza said. “All of these skills will be critical as we capitalize on his years of experience to build a stronger, more responsive Workforce Education Division in Bryan.”
Blinn’s Workforce Education Division offers courses for college credit as well as open-enrollment continuing education in fields such as healthcare, technical/industrial, office technology, teacher certification (the College’s TEACH program) and truck driving. Additionally, the division offers customized corporate training and partners with local businesses to seek grants for job-training opportunities.
The division offers courses at the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center in Brenham; the Post Office Workforce Education Campus, the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the Workforce Education Training Center in Bryan; and on the College’s Schulenburg and Sealy campuses.
For information on Blinn’s Workforce Education offerings, or to learn about scholarship opportunities and register for classes, visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce.