Dr. Kelly Thumm Moore has over 20 years of experience in the career-focused higher education industry. She currently serves at Campus President for Lincoln College of Technology – Denver, a career-focused college offering certificate and degree programs in the automotive and skilled trades fields. Her previous experience includes presidencies for Westwood College and Career Colleges of Chicago, institutions offering career-focused curriculums in allied health, IT, design, construction management, business, court reporting and paralegal. Dr. Moore began her professional career with Northern Arizona University and DePaul University in Student Affairs, General Counsel, Business & Finance and Internal Audit departments. She currently serves on the Board of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Association of Career Colleges & Schools (CACCS).
Dr. Moore holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in public service management and a B.A. in history from DePaul University and a paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University.
Key Talking Points:
- Colorado changed legislation 3 years ago
- Require high schools to talk about opportunities after HS beyond a traditional 4-year college degree
- Sponsored by a legislator who owned a construction company that couldn’t find employees
- Mid 1980s-1990’s high schools change out automotive shops to computer labs- took away opportunity and exposure
- A shift from focusing on college preparedness to workforce development- internships, apprenticeships, etc
- On-campus events for students and parents- annual car show, community events, open houses
- Two critical ages when kids are thinking about their future- 6th grade and 10th grade, parents can ignite their passion by giving them plastic engines to build and run and look into hands-on summer camps
- Retention- the majority of students go to dealerships because readily available (dealerships attend career fairs more than independent shops)
- Encourage more people to join industry especially women- Women student population grew from 5% to 8%
- Thanks to Kelly Moore for her contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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