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Executive Director

  Dr. Darlene G. Miller
  National Council for Workforce Education
  1050 Larrabee Ave #104-308
  Bellingham, WA 98225


Darlene has over 20 years experience working in community colleges with expertise in workforce and economic development. Prior to joining NCWE, Darlene served as President of Manchester Community College (MCC) in New Hampshire. As president, she led the college through a name change, a rebranding marketing campaign, the implementation of a new strategic plan and a successful accreditation visit. Under her leadership, the college created a One-Stop Student Services Center and built two new buildings, the Health Science Technology Center and the Automotive Science Technology Center, which received Silver LEED Certification.

Prior to directing MCC, Darlene served as Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at Shoreline Community College. Serving on the President's Leadership Team, she provided leadership for all entrepreneurial, workforce and economic development programs, grants and contracts, extended learning, international programs, and community programs.

Darlene chose to focus her professional career on community colleges because of her commitment to opportunity, access, and life-long learning. She is firmly committed to ensuring that higher education and life-long learning are readily and widely accessible to persons across a broad range of abilities, backgrounds, interests, circumstances, and ages. As such, she has served on numerous local and national boards that support community colleges, workforce and economic development, workforce policy, and job training. She also shares her knowledge and expertise by publishing articles and presenting at national conferences.

Darlene started in higher education as a faculty member at Vermont Technical College teaching mathematics, computer science, and engineering. As a tenured associate professor, one of Darlene's proudest professional accomplishments occurred when she started the first Rehabilitation Engineering Technology associate degree program in the nation. She moved into academic administration in 1994 as Dean of Business, Math, and Technology at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH. Additionally, she served four years as Executive Dean of Workforce Education at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA.

Darlene has a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and a Doctorate in Higher Education, Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Outside of work, Darlene is addicted to gardening and golfing and enjoys kayaking and hiking.


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