Long Beach City College (LBCC) has announced the appointment of Kenneth J. Starkman as the new dean for the School of Career Technical Education (CTE). Starkman will oversee the majority of the college’s 38 technical instructional programs offered at the Liberal Arts and Pacific Coast campuses.
“The addition of Ken Starkman demonstrates our commitment to design career and technical education programs that provide our students with the experience and knowledge required to meet the technical demands of growing career fields,” said Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “With Ken’s guidance, I look forward to taking on the challenge of developing and launching new programs and improving upon current offerings that give our students an opportunity to change careers, learn new skills to advance in their current employment situation or obtain skills to enter into the workforce for the first time.”
Formerly the dean of Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin for six years, Starkman was also a state supervisor/educational consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and spent 16 years in the technology education field after teaching at the middle, high school and post-secondary levels.
“I am excited and pleased to take on the challenges of supporting and expanding LBCC’s CTE programs,” Starkman said. “My goal is to support programs that are in place, while developing new programs with greater effectiveness in areas where the market is in need of qualified individuals. There is a great team already in place at LBCC to move the CTE programs to the next level and I look forward to working with faculty members, local industry and corporate partners to advance our programs.”
LBCC’s CTE programs prepare students for a wide selection of vocational choices including child development, computer and office studies, culinary arts, fire science, advanced transportation technology, electrical technology, math and engineering and LBCC’s latest programs, cyber security and mechanical maintenance that lead students directly into a career, according to the LBCC.
“The knowledge Ken brings in both the education and career development spaces will enhance our existing CTE programs and drive and evolve innovative processes and collaborations that will benefit those students who enroll in any one of our many CTE programs,” said Dr. Meena Singhal, associate vice president at the Pacific Coast Campus. “The experience Mr. Starkman has in emerging technologies and developing programs around growing industries gives our programs, and thereby our students, an advantage in the manner in which they will learn and be trained.”
LBCC’ School of Career Technical Education, which encompasses the majority of the CTE training programs, continues to grow as the need from specialized industries to hire qualified graduates remains high in a variety of fields.