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Carole Goldsmith

Dr. Carole Goldsmith

President, West Hills College Coalinga

Dr. Goldsmith has been recognized on state and national levels as an expert on workforce development, contextualized learning, and career technical education. She has spent nearly 20 years in a variety of educational leadership roles, most recently as President of West Hills College Coalinga. Goldsmith held the office of Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Workforce Development for four years prior to being appointed to President in January 2013.

She started her career of service as a K-12 teacher at a small rural school, then as an administrator at an Adult School and at a private post-secondary college. Dr. Goldsmith still visits the classroom as an adjunct professor at the university level.

Goldsmith has extensive expertise in building collaboration among faculty and industry, workforce investment boards and postsecondary educational agencies in order to identify and provide opportunities for students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for future employment in high demand fields. While at Fresno Unified, the California Department of Education awarded the Vocational Programs which she oversaw the covenanted Program of Excellence Designation. In 2011, she was on loan to lead the Central California Community Colleges Committed to Change Consortium (C6) $19.9 million TAACCCT grant educational reform efforts.

Dr. Goldsmith has served on a number of other boards including United Way, California Community College Administrators of Occupational Education and San Joaquin Clean Energy Organization. Dr. Goldsmith was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and later reappointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve on the Board of Directors of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.

Carole was awarded the Mariann Loniello Award from the California Community College Association of Community and Continuing Education in recognition for her work in education and economic development and she was recognized by California State University alumni association Working for California initiative for her advancement of workforce education. More recently, she was named Outstanding Aluma by Fresno State Division of Graduate Studies.

She is sought out as a public speaker on a wide range of educational issues.

She earned her Doctorate of Education from the Joint Doctorate program offered by California State University, Fresno and University of California, Davis.

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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