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Northwest Community College Hires New Dean

Northwest Community College has filled its vacancy for Dean of Instruction through the recent promotion of NWCC Program Coordinator Lianne Gagnon. Based in Prince Rupert, Gagnon will oversee Natural Resource Management programs, Tourism programs the Centre for Teaching & Learning, and Library Services. Along with fulfilling the Dean requirements of her program portfolio, Gagnon will also be the senior management representative responsible for education planning for Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii and coastal villages within the College's western region. "Lianne takes over for our recently retired Vice-President, Beth Davies," explains Stephanie Forsyth, NWCC president. "Lianne is well familiar with many of the issues and education concerns of the area, and her community-focused approach to educational planning is in keeping with the College's new Strategic Plan." Being responsible for the educational planning of the area, Gagnon will work with members of the community, local businesses, governments, and industry to ensure the College remains responsive to local and regional educational and training needs. "This is a very important aspect of the position Lianne holds, as the College strives to align its education and training activities with community goals and the needs of industry and business," states Forsyth. "The economy of the northwest is poised for dramatic change and building a skilled workforce now, to meet this change is imperative." Over the past year, many new program developments have occurred at NWCC. These include programs in the tourism area which are still under development, the Mining Exploration Field Assistant, Trades Access, Essential Skills for Work, Pre-Business Administration, Nursing Unit Clerk, the Freda Diesing School of Art and Design, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and various community-based programs. Gagnon has worked for NWCC for the past 17 years, most recently as Coordinator for the College and Career Preparation(CCP) program at the Prince Rupert campus. She has also worked in the areas of Adult Special Education, Student Access and Learning Assistance. Gagnon holds a Masters of Education degree from Simon Fraser University. Lianne joins the existing senior management team of:

Diane Ready, Vice-President Finance and Administration Arlene Herman, Dean of Student Services and Developmental Programs based in Terrace Dave O'Leary, Dean of Instruction based in Terrace Katherine MacIndoe, Dean of Instruction based in Smithers Margo Van der Touw, Dean of Continuing and International Education, based in Terrace.

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