Kilgore College has invested in hiring three Workforce Development specialists to improve student success and to work with the training needs of local business and industry.
New workforce specialists hired by KC are Julie Allee (Business & Computer Science division); Frank Mosley, Jr. (Science & Health Sciences division); and Chris Terry (Public Services & Industrial Technologies division).
They will work directly with local businesses to develop training courses – classes specifically designed for individuals and businesses to provide state-of-the art training solutions.
KC is also reorganizing its Workforce Development-Continuing Education department to maximize student transitions from non-credit classes to credit coursework.
Students taking credit coursework are working toward either a career/technical certificate or degree program at KC, or are taking courses that will be eligible to transfer to another college or university.
Non-credit courses do not offer college credit, but in some cases students can earn continuing education units, certification or other evidence of class completion to meet professional requirements.
“More and more businesses and industries are recognizing the value of the quality delivered through this alternate training route,” said Dr. Brenda Kays, KC president. “We want to provide training for our students that encourages a constant desire for a lifetime of learning.”
The college has also set a goal of increasing the number of students who take credit classes after finishing non-credit coursework.
To help achieve this goal, WD-CE courses at KC now fall under one of three appropriate college divisions: Business & Computer Science; Public Services & Industrial Technologies; or Science & Health Sciences.
“For example, if a student takes Medication Administration, this class now falls under the umbrella of the Science and Health Sciences division,” said Dr. Mike Turpin, vice president of instruction. “It’s a non-credit course, meaning it’s a course for personal or professional interest. Our hope is that students will continue their education after completing the non-credit course with credit courses in that division that lead to a degree or certificate.”
In some cases, students will be able to earn credits in a non-credit format that can be used to meet requirements in a credit program.
KC’s training programs and services are tailored to meet companies’ operating schedules and are held on the job site, at KC-Longview or on the Kilgore campus, depending on a company’s needs.
KC offers a broad range of training programs ranging from high-tech skills to management to language development courses.
About the new workforce specialists:
Allee has served as KC’s WD-CE Assistant Director since 2015. From 2007-09 she served as the Director of Workforce Development for Longview Economic Development Corporation. After LEDCO, she worked as the Career and Technical Education Grant Project Coordinator for Stephen F. Austin State University from 2009-11. From 1994 -2007, she has worked as a teacher or administrator at Longview, Marshall, Hallsville and Pine Tree high schools. She has also owned and operated several businesses from 1977-2005. Allee earned a Masters of Education in Mid-Management Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Vocational Home Economics from SFASU.
Frank Mosley, Jr.:
Mosley previously worked at KC as director of instructional support from 2004-14. He has worked for Employment Solutions as its employment specialist and as a program supervisor for Evergreen Life Services. From 2015-16 he worked as coordinator of job services for Goodwill Industries. Mosley earned a Master of Science in Adult Education from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and a bachelor’s degree in social work from SFASU. Mosley also served in the United States Air Force in the First Gulf War.
Terry worked as assistant city manager for the City of Addison (TX) from 1993-2016 where he performed executive level special projects, supervised assigned departmental operations, and managed economic development, marketing and budget functions. Terry earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters of Arts in Political Science from Baylor University.