News Release…    
For Immediate Release
9/22/2010

 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT GARY KECSKES AT 203-332-5084

SEASONED UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATOR TO LEAD

HCC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS

Gary KecskesBRIDGEPORT – Seasoned university administrator Gary A. Kecskes of Sarasota, Florida, has been named Dean of Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Community Outreach at Housatonic Community College.

Kecskes, who will reside in Trumbull, will focus his efforts on developing programs that meet the education and training needs of businesses, industry, and municipal government throughout the Greater Bridgeport area. He will also oversee advertising, marketing, website, public relations and continuing education activities at the college.

“Our goal is to become the premier business solutions provider for Housatonic’s 11-town service region,” said Kecskes. “When the looming economic recovery takes hold, businesses will want to know whom to call to meet their education and training needs. We want to be the first call they make. It is our goal that Housatonic Community College becomes the training provider of choice for Eastern Fairfield County.”

Under Kecskes’ direction, the Workforce Development Department will begin developing a broad portfolio of training solutions that respond directly to area businesses’ needs, as well as customized job training programs tailored for individual businesses and industry clusters. He plans to recruit the most qualified instructors that academia and business have to offer.

Kecskes has more than 13 years experience heading workforce development, corporate training, and continuing education programs at a wide variety of institutions, including community colleges and bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institutions.  He has developed programs that range in scale and scope from mom-and-pop businesses to Fortune 500 companies such as General Motors, Chrysler, BASF and Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals.

Kecskes has served as executive director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development, where he was responsible for curriculum development, marketing and evaluation of more than 230 professional development, corporate training and open enrollment programs. He led a team of 16 staff members and managed more than 70 content experts and instructors.

He held similar positions at Lawrence Technical University in Southfield, Michigan and at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. During his 18 years at Lawrence, he also taught in a variety of academic disciplines as an adjunct instructor.

 He holds bachelor’s master’s and professional degrees from Lawrence and earned certification in the Management of Lifelong Education from Harvard University.