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Floco named interim CTE Director at WSC

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Posted by WSC College Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact WSC, 774-4200

Williston State College has announced that Robb Floco has been hired as interim director of the Career and Technology Education department.

“Thing are going well,” he said. “A lot of work needs to be done yet. We must build a strong foundation to move the CTE program in the right direction.

“Right now we are working to build that foundation, getting out to the 14 school districts involved, looking for partnerships, and from those partnerships we will be offering the five core programs, which are auto tech, diesel tech, carpentry, welding and agriculture. We’re creating these partnerships, offering these classes to high school and post-secondary students.”

A native of Ohio, Floco grew up in San Diego, Calif. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management, has a Career and Technology provision certification, and went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership and supervision, all from the University of Phoenix.

His employment record has prepared him for his current position at WSC. He worked for a Boys and Girls Club of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz., where he ran the Career Prep Program, which was partnered with a CTE program called EVIT – East Valley Institute of Technology. He then taught business and IT classes at the Casa Grande Public High School and then went to Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Ariz., where he was involved with CTE in business marketing and trades.

He and his wife, Sonia, and their two children, Rachael, now 10, and Roman, now 3, arrived in Williston in 2009, when he was hired to teach HPR classes and to serve as assistant coach of the WSC men’s basketball program. Floco’s job with the CTE program at WSC began in April this year.

“I’ve done some things in the past that are very similar,” he said. “Here in the upper midwest, they have different demands but it’s all under the same umbrella. It’s familiar, but I’m still learning a lot.”

WSC President Dr. Raymond Nadolny is pleased to have Floco on board with the CTE program. “Technical training is very high cost and this provides a significant opportunity to work with our partners in the school districts,” he said. “We’ll be able to leverage high-cost programs and expand opportunities to students by working together. We can do more together than we can individually. And CTE is that opportunity.”

“I am excited about this new opportunity,” Floco said. “The outlying areas and some local area school districts are also excited that there is now a face to communicate with and a direction to go. Now we have to work together to build a strong program here in the upper midwest. We have a unique opportunity to build a great program.”