Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) is proud to announce Dr. John W. Walstrum’s recent appointment as a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Economic and Workforce Development Commission.
The three-year appointment is a national honor for Dr. Walstrum, who is currently serving as an AACC member CEO. Dr. Walstrum is one a handful of people nationwide to be appointed to the commission. The appointment will give the college president an even greater opportunity to share his knowledge about workforce training at the national level.
“The amount of experience Dr. Walstrum has in technical education will be a tremendous benefit to the national AACC Economic and Workforce Development Commission,” said Mary Moss, chair of the CPTC Board of Trustees. “Dr. Walstrum’s passion for learning and his dedication to student achievement will serve the commission well.”
Dr. Walstrum holds a doctorate in industrial education, a master’s degree in technical education, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education ‚Äì all received from the University of Maryland. Dr. Walstrum has been the President of Clover Park Technical College since October 2006. Prior to coming to CPTC, he served as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Albuquerque Vocational Technical Institute, which has changed its name to Central New Mexico Community College.
The AACC represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 11 million students in the U.S. The colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling close to half (46 percent) of all U.S. undergraduates.
The association has ongoing interaction with key federal departments and agencies, including the U.S. departments of Labor, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, and Commerce, and the National Science Foundation.
Governed by a 32-member board of directors elected by the membership, AACC is a nonprofit organization whose overriding mission is to “Build a Nation of Learners by Advancing America’s Community Colleges.”