CCD Works to Expand Training and Education Program for Employers

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    CCD's New Dean of CTE Programs Jim Kynor

Community College of Denver (CCD) has named Jim Kynor Dean for the Center for Career and Technical Education (CCTE).

“Jim brings a wealth of experience in higher education and workforce development from his work in community colleges as well as the corporate sector,” says CCD Provost Dr. Rhonda Epper. “We’re excited about what his expertise will bring to our mission of preparing and supplying a job-ready workforce for Colorado and beyond.”

Indeed, Kynor has a very refined strategic vision for CCD’s CCTE center.

Those avenues include leveraging CCD’s Advanced Manufacturing Center’s resources to meet the needs of the community through additional certificate offerings and non-credit opportunities, including corporate training.

Other goals include growing CCD’s Computer Information System programs and certificate opportunities to meet industry needs; increasing collaborative efforts with the Regional Workforce Initiative to identify and grow corporate/workforce training opportunities for CTE related programs; and making the department more agile and efficient in meeting the needs of stakeholders

“Ultimately, I want to ensure that CCD is out in the community providing the training and education programs that employers value,” Kynor says. “There are several ways to do that and we will be actively pursuing all avenues to get there.”

And he’s got the track record needed to get it done. Most recently, Kynor was the associate dean for CTE, manufacturing, and workforce development at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). In this position, he supervised workforce development, education and training programs for those pursuing careers across several CTE related programs, including advanced manufacturing, architectural technology, engineering graphics/computer aided design, welding, and the trades. He is active with numerous workforce development, economic development and K-16 initiatives, including a leadership position as a board member of the regional Workforce Investment Board and as vice-chair of the Colorado Community College System’s Deans Council.

Kynor was also the grant administrator for the college’s innovative and highly successful Advanced Manufacturing (CHAMP) Grant. His leadership experience in higher education and workforce development extends beyond that of PPCC.

As director of the Center for Business and Technology Training at Montgomery College, in Conroe, Texas, Kynor successfully repositioned the Center as the preferred regional workforce development and training provider for numerous CTE and non-credit programs, in business, manufacturing, healthcare and biotechnology. In this role, he managed staff, budget and resources for a satellite campus of one of the largest and fastest growing community college systems in Texas. 

Upon returning to his hometown of Colorado Springs in 2005, he began employment with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center as its Business Relations Group Manager, before being promoted to Operations Manager/VP. In these capacities, Kynor provided leadership on numerous collaborative efforts relating to education, economic growth and workforce development at the local, regional and state levels.

In addition to his higher education and workforce development expertise, Kynor has over 10 years of international business and manufacturing experience. He has held a variety of positions, including those of market development manager, international business director, and director of quality and planning for a publicly traded manufacturer of engineered products, which are used in environmental protection applications. 

A graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, he holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University. He is also a graduate of numerous executive education and professional development programs relating to quality management, productivity, grant writing and project management.