Workforce Education Council Elects Genesee Community College Dean to Board

Workforce Education Council Elects Genesee Community College Dean to Board
With 38 years of business education behind him, Michael S. Stoll, dean for Math/Science and Career Education at Genesee Community College, is looking forward to some exciting challenges on the national level.

Leaders of the National Council for Workforce Education, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges, recently elected Stoll to a two-year term on the NCWE board of directors. He will be the regional representative of Region 13, which includes New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

Stoll, who taught management, marketing and business courses at Genesee before taking over as department chairman five years ago, said the NCWE focuses on preparing people for the workplace.

“A large number of (college) programs are in that area – subjects such as nursing education, computer education and even non-credit training as well,” said Stoll, 60, a former Town of Bergen supervisor.

He began his association with the NCWE, a private, nonprofit, professional organization, in 2001. He was one of 25 people from colleges throughout the U.S. selected to attend a conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in October of that year.

Stoll said he gained much insight from a workshop called New Designs for Career & Technical Education – “it dealt with some of the more innovative concepts and practices in workforce education,” he recalled – and decided to stay involved in the organization.

In his regional representative post, his responsibilities include planning meetings and conventions, building communication and encouraging new membership. NCWE membership includes occupational, vocational, technical and career educators, economic development professions, business, labor, military and government officials.

Formerly known as the National Council for Occupational Education, the NCWE lists as its primary goals:

  • To provide a national forum in occupational education and economic development.
  • To support federal and state legislation enhancing post-secondary education and economic development.
  • To advise AACC on policy development affecting workforce education.
  • To provide pertinent information to members on current and future trends.

The NCWE board, including regional representatives, meets regularly four times per year. This year’s national conference will be Oct. 21-24 in Albuquerque, N.M. It’s theme is The Changing Role of the Community College: New Models in a Flat World.”

Stoll is well aware of the changes in the marketplace – changes that put more emphasis on quality education.

“We must make sure we are giving students and employees the skills to be successful; skills that are transferable because jobs are changing so rapidly,” he said. “Jobs require more skills than they use to. Employees must have the math, reading and technology skills that employers are looking for if we’re going to compete in today’s world market.”

Stoll is a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension board of directors and is the Western Region representative on CCE’s Council of Associations, a statewide entity. He and his wife, Betty, reside in Bergen, New York. They have two grown children and a grandson.