Hartnell welcomes Dean and Assistant Dean for CTE and Workforce Development

Publish Date: 
Sep 15, 2017

Hartnell hires new Dean and Assistant Dean at E. Alisal Campus

They will administer CTE and Workforce development

SALINAS, Calif.   Hartnell Community College District is happy to announce the appointment of Dean of Career Technical Education (CTE) and Workforce Development, Clint Cowden, and Assistant Dean of CTE and Workforce Development, Sharon Albert for our East Alisal Campus, located at 1752 E. Alisal Avenue, Salinas, CA.

“The addition of Dean Cowden and Assistant Dean Albert strengthens Hartnell’s leadership in CTE and Workforce Development,” announced Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen.

Clint Cowden was born and raised in Cody, Wyoming, where his family ran corporate-sized cattle ranches.  His love for agriculture led him to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) followed by a Master’s in Agricultural Education.  After completing his undergraduate work, Clint moved to the Napa Valley designing irrigation for vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma counties. 

In 2003, Clint moved to the Central Valley and started his precision agriculture and irrigation consulting company. He later worked as the lead scientist for J.M. Lord representing the Coachella Valley growers in a lawsuit between Coachella Valley Water District and Metropolitan Water District. Clint had the opportunity to go to West Hills College to develop their new Farm of the Future. 

After 10 years in the classroom, Clint took the Director position at the Farm of the Future, where he was in charge of visioning the future needs of the educational facilities and working closely with regional industry partners.  Clint worked on increasing agriculture technology in the Valley as a founding member of the Apps for Ag hack-a-thons and as a member of the Ag Tech Roundtable tasked with increasing broadband access to rural areas. 

“I am so excited to be part of the most dynamic CTE programs in the nation,” exclaimed Dean Cowden. “I have watched the growth of facilities and programs and Hartnell and I’m humbled to be part of this amazing team and state-of-the art facilities.”

Sharon Albert is a local educator with over 20 years of combined experience in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, partnership academy programs, career technical education, adult education, and workforce development programs.  Sharon has held positions as a teacher, academy director, program coordinator and administrator at the site, district and regional levels in various educational settings, including K-12 public schools, private postsecondary workforce training, adult education, and regional occupational programs.

Prior to joining Hartnell, Sharon worked for the Salinas Union High School District, as the Director of Mission Trails Regional Occupational Program (MTROP) and the Salinas Adult School.  Her role was to lead the development of high quality Career Technical and Adult Education programs leading to postsecondary certificate and degree programs of study and employment in high demand industries.

Some of her accomplishments include acquiring the CTE Incentive Grant Program, which resulted in $8.8 million awarded to the Mission Trails ROP to expand, enhance, and grow high quality CTE programs, and leading the AB 86 planning and implementation grant team to form the Salinas Valley Adult Education Consortium, bringing $3.5 million annually to adult education programs across Monterey County.

Sharon has served on various Hartnell College grant projects, pathway and workforce development committees to strengthen CTE and Workforce Development programs, including the James Irvine Foundation Bridging the Gap Initiative, Salinas Valley Health Professions Partnership Program, and the National Resource Network Education and Workforce Development Initiative.

“Collaborative partnerships are essential to creating pathway programs for students that provide seamless transitions to higher education and employment and how I became invested in the great work that has been accomplished at Hartnell College,” shared Assistant Dean Albert.

“We are excited to have two dynamic leaders join our management team in Academic Affairs,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Lori Kildal. “Their breadth and depth of knowledge in Career and Technical Education will enhance and expand opportunities for students, businesses, and the community.”

Cowden and Albert may be reached at ccowden@hartnell.edu and salbert@hartnell.edu.

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides associate degree and certificate programs, workforce training, courses in basic skills, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world-class education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.