Susan Wyche will lead a large-scale education division that includes credit and non-credit, learning, public safety and many programs designed to lead to careers and boost the region’s economy.
SAN MARCOS – Longtime educator and community college leader Susan Wyche has been hired to lead one of Palomar College’s larger pedagogical divisions as Dean of Professional, Technical and Extended Education.
Wyche comes to Palomar from Shasta College in Redding, Calif., Where she served as Division Dean, as well as Dean of Economic Development and Workforce at that institution.
“As an incoming dean, the first thing I do is survey the landscape, see where the programs are and what they need,” she told Palomar News. “We are a critical driver of economic recovery in the San Diego area and California in general. So what we want to do is put our energy into these programs that are going to take our students into industries – into high paying jobs that are resilient in the face of an ongoing pandemic. “
“We are also focused on helping unemployed students, re-qualifying or upgrading them to prepare for the changing industries in recent years, and ultimately getting them to find employment,” he said. added Wyche.
“As a champion of student success, Susan has a lot to contribute to our Career, Technical and Continuing Education division,” said Shayla Sivert, Acting Assistant Superintendent and Vice President of Education at Palomar. “We look forward to working together to achieve the goals of the division and foster student success. “
As Dean, Wyche will lead a large and diverse academic division that spans from architecture to learning, public safety and nutrition. The full list of vocational, technical and complementary training programs and departments includes:
- Cooperative education
- Construction inspection
- Drawing technology
- Industrial technology
- Interior design
- Emergency medical education
- Apprenticeship training
- Fire academy
- Police academy
- Administration of justice
- Fire technology
- Air conditioning, heating and refrigeration
- Automotive technology
- Cabinet and furniture technology
- Diesel mechanics
- Public works management
- Water and wastewater technology
“This area of the college is critical to meeting the needs of the region’s workforce, and it is a pleasure to welcome such a strong and experienced leader to the division,” said Superintendent / President acting, Dr. Jack Kahn.
Wyche brings over 25 years of higher education experience, having started at San Diego State University as a liberal arts professor. She holds a PhD in English, taught at Washington State University, CSU Monterrey Bay, and spent a decade working in Hawaii before returning to her roots in Redding, where she attended Shasta College as a young woman.
“I am proud to be a graduate of the community college system,” she said. “Like a lot of people, I couldn’t go to four-year college right away, so I stayed home and went to community college. I really like what community colleges do for their students.