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BridgeValley Names Russell Saunders as Dean of Workforce Development

BridgeValley Community & Technical College (BVCTC) has named Russell Saunders as Dean of Workforce Development
“I am so pleased to welcome Russell to the BridgeValley community to lead our workforce development efforts,” said Suzette Breeden, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “His leadership and experience in higher education and business will help BVCTC to continue training the workforce needed in the Advantage Valley.”
Workforce Development at BridgeValley has trained hundreds of employees for large manufacturers in the area including Toyota and Gestamp. BVCTC Advanced Manufacturing Technology students transition from the classroom to the production floor easily because of faculty instruction and a state-of-the-art lab at the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Center on campus.
Saunders previously led multiple departments at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and is a business owner in the construction industry. Additionally, his honors include several professional memberships, presentations and certifications.
“I am thrilled and honored to continue my professional career at BridgeValley,” Russell said. “The work and partnerships the school has formed with global manufacturers is proof of the capabilities of BridgeValley and its students.”
He has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Technology Management from Marshall University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree from City University of Seattle. Russell is a resident of Logan County.
About BridgeValley Community and Technical College
BridgeValley Community and Technical College promotes student success, prepares a skilled workforce, and builds tomorrow’s leaders by providing access to quality higher education. BridgeValley Community and Technical College is the college of opportunity for a diverse learner population, offering leading-edge technology, innovative ideas, and dynamic service to our students and our communities.
BridgeValley Community and Technical College was founded on March 20, 2014, and serves a seven-county region including Fayette, Kanawha, Clay, Putnam, Cabell, Mason, and Wayne counties. The college operates two campuses in Montgomery and South Charleston, along with the addition of the Advanced Technology Center. BridgeValley Community and Technical College is a public institution of higher education independently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and a member of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia.

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