Community College Leader Joins Achieving the Dream

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Silver Spring, MD (January 5, 2016) – Dr. Karen A. Stout, President & CEO of Achieving the Dream, today announced Diane Bosak, a state leader in community college education and workforce development, will join Achieving the Dream (ATD) as Vice President for Workforce Strategies and Policy, a new position on ATD’s senior leadership team.

“Diane’s deep knowledge of community colleges and workforce development will be a tremendous asset to Achieving the Dream,” said Dr. Stout. “Adding Diane to our staff allows us to expand our capacity to support network colleges in strengthening a critical dimension of their work.”

Ms. Bosak will design, lead and implement a new strategic area linking ATD more closely to workforce systems at the local, state and federal levels. Her efforts will focus on helping ATD colleges build capacity to improve adult students’ and out-of-school youth’s progress toward and completion of market-valued credentials.  She also will bring ATD’s workforce-related initiatives such as Middle Skill STEM Pathways, Retail Pathways, and the Northeast Resiliency Consortium to the center of ATD’s work. 

“ATD is in a unique position to bring the accumulated knowledge of student success practices to workforce development,” said Ms. Bosak. “By exploring new approaches and strategies, community colleges can help more individuals succeed on the pathway to quality jobs and careers.  I look forward to joining ATD and building the capacity of our colleges in this new work.”

Ms. Bosak comes to ATD from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where she most recently served as Deputy Director for Workforce Development.  In this capacity, she led implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA.  Under her leadership, a new Office of Apprenticeship and Training was created to provide a renewed focus on apprenticeships and to help to create new apprentice programs in nontraditional occupations. She also served as the state’s inter-agency leader for summer youth employment strategy, launching a new effort with an investment of $7.5 million. Under her leadership, Pennsylvania was awarded a $6 million Workforce Innovation Fund grant from US Department of Labor for the development of micro- or mini-credentials for targeted populations with barriers to employment.  Seven community colleges, including six ATD colleges, and seven local workforce boards were selected to participate in this initiative.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Ms. Bosak served for more than 12 years as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges where she led strategic planning efforts to increase the visibility of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges and spearheaded a successful application for a $20 million federal grant.  Working closely with the Council of Presidents, Ms. Bosak enabled the Commission to achieve a number of key priorities, including a significant change in the funding structure, long sought articulation and transfer legislation, and a change in the state’s financial aid policy for community college students.

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Media contact:

Lynn Reddy, Achieving the Dream
(240) 450-3830
lreddy@achievingthedream.org

 

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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