Community college leader stresses work force training

Dennis Bailey - Fougnier
Dennis Bailey – Fougnier

A new vice president who oversees Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction hopes to make the institution synonymous with work force training.

“My goal is to have people see WCCC as their go to for work force training,” said Dennis Bailey-Fougnier, vice president of community college affairs for Colorado Mesa University.

WCCC offers resources not only for individuals who want to prepare for first careers or enhance their skills, but also employers that are looking for skilled workers or need specialized training for current employees, Bailey-Fougnier said.

Bailey-Fougnier joined CMU about three month ago after serving as vice president of student services at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Calif.

He graduated from Fruita Monument High School and earned an associate degree from what was then Mesa College. He went on to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree from Wichita State University and completed his doctoral degree coursework in community college leadership through Oregon State University.

“I have learned things that other institutions in other places are doing. I bring those good things with me and will try to translate how to make those good things work at WCCC,” Bailey-Fougnier said.