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Debra D. Bragg is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Vocational and Technical Education and Department of Educational Organization and Leadership. Her responsibilities currently entail being a Project Director for the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) where she directs a national study of Tech Prep policy and implementation and a related study of work-based learning in U.S. two-year colleges. She has authored numerous monographs, technical reports, book chapters, and journal articles on various school-to-work policies and programs, especially pertaining to Tech Prep. At UIUC, Debra directs the Office of Community College Research and Leadership and coordinates a graduate program designed to prepare future leaders and scholars in the field of community college education. Dr. Bragg's M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from The Ohio State University in Comprehensive Vocational Education, an interdisciplinary program combining vocational education, educational research and evaluation, and public policy analysis.
Mary Burnett is a Dean of Professional Technical Education at the North Seattle Community College in Seattle, Washington. She joined the Seattle Community College District VI in 1984 as Associate Dean for the Division of Health and Human Services at Seattle Central College. Mary has her doctorate in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and was employed at the Community Colleges of Nevada as an early childhood faculty member, Social Sciences Associate Dean, and Director of the Henderson Branch Campus from 1972-1984. She is a member of the National Council for Occupational Education (NCOE) Work-Based Learning Task Force and was appointed Region I NCOE representative in 1995.
Robert W. Day is the Division Chair of Business Technology and Health Sciences at Mountain Empire Community College in Virginia. He has nearly 25 years of experience in community college education in the South. His background in postsecondary occupational education and work-based learning includes eleven years of state-level experience with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, where he was involved with state curriculum oversight of occupational/technical education, cooperative education, internships, and other work-based learning. His campus experiences include Director of Development at Technical College of the Lowcountry, South Carolina; Division Chair of Business and Technology at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Virginia; and his current position at Mountain Empire Community College where he and his faculty are broadening work-based learning opportunities in Division programs. Dr. Day holds an A.B. in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University.
Sandra Filion Foster is Vice President of Planning and Development for Riverside Community College District in Riverside, California. Dr. Foster holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Michigan State University, and she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy Analysis at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was responsible for developing one of the early models of integrated Tech Prep and Work-Based Learning as Associate Vice Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, leading financial services firms, and the local manufacturing industry. This integrated career preparation model is central to Riverside Community College's strategic plan for expansion into a three-college district with model work-based learning programs in automotive technology, engineering and manufacturing technology, the arts, and health sciences.
Russell E. Hamm is Vice President for Instruction at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. His responsibilities involve administration of all occupational-technical and academic curriculum offered by the college. Dr. Hamm has held a number of executive offices in the National Council of Occupational Education (NCOE), including the presidency. In 1993-1995, he served as the chairman of NCOE's Task Force on Work-Based Learning, and he assumed the role of project co-director of the NCRVE study on work-based learning in the two-year college. He played a major role in conceptualizing and implementing the two-year NCRVE study on work-based learning, including co-authoring the first technical report entitled, Work-Based Learning in Two-Year Colleges in the United States (1995). Dr. Hamm holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy Analysis at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
George Johnston has had 17 years teaching experience at the two-year college or university levels. He is currently employed as a Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Technology at Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois, and is a certified electronic engineering technician. He served three years as Tech Prep Coordinator for a 15-school consortium before taking a year's leave to pursue a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership in the Department of Vocational and Technical Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While Tech Prep Coordinator, Mr. Johnston was actively involved with all of the advisory committees for the college and worked with the local Chamber of Commerce in establishing a working Tech Prep committee. Mr. Johnston has an AAS degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Parkland College. He holds a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Speech/Theater, both from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Jim Jacobs is Associate Vice-President for Business and Community Services at Macomb Community College in Michigan. His main responsibilities at the college entail the institutional leadership for both Tech Prep and School-to-Work activities. He has written numerous articles that deal with school to work and economic development, especially considering the community college role in such programs. On the state level, Dr. Jacobs is a member of the School-to-Work State Advisory Board for the State of Michigan. On the national level, he serves on the Work-Based Learning Task Force for the NCOE. Dr. Jacobs holds a B.A. in Political Science from Harpur College in New York, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Politics and Economics at Princeton University, New Jersey.
Paula A. Puckett is employed as a Research Assistant in the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while working on her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership in the Department of Vocational and Technical Education. She was a co-author of the NCRVE report entitled Building a Preferred Future with Tech Prep Systems, published in October of 1994. Prior to her graduate studies at UIUC, Ms. Puckett conducted and coordinated communications, computer sales, and management training as Training Director for a large financial institution in Illinois. Ms. Puckett received her B.A. in Speech Communication from Illinois State University and an M.A. in Educational Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. She was the 1995 recipient of the Rupert Evans Award for outstanding scholarship and leadership as an advanced graduate student in the Department of Vocational and Technical Education at UIUC.
David Sargent has served the past ten years as Coordinator for Resource Development for the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. Prior to this, he served as Director of Continuing Education at a four-year private college. He served eight years as Coordinator for Career and Professional Development at a two-year public college. He serves as Executive Director for the Georgia Fund for Technical and Adult Education, Incorporated, a statewide foundation that serves all departmental programs. He has assisted in the establishment of 26 new local technical institute foundations. During October 1994, Dr. Sargent was involved in a research study sponsored by the National Council for Resource Development and was part of the Federal Funding Task Force in Washington, DC. Dr. Sargent received his B.B.A. in Management from the University of Georgia, his M.Ed. from Brenau University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. He now serves on the boards for the Georgia Adult Education Association and the Georgia Economic Developers Association.
Kay A. Trinkle is the Tech Prep Consortium Coordinator for Dakota County District 917 near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Trinkle is formerly a Research Assistant in the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She had primary responsibility for assisting with the two-year NCRVE study on work-based learning in two-year colleges in the U.S. and she was a co-author of the initial report from that study entitled, Work-Based Learning in Two-Year Colleges in the United States (1995). She also co-authored the NCRVE report entitled Building a Preferred Future with Tech Prep Systems, published in October of 1994. Prior to her graduate studies at UIUC, Ms. Trinkle worked in private consulting on issues related to workforce development.