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carmen-aguilarDean of the Center for Workforce and Community Education at Bristol Community College

What do you do professionally?

As the Dean of The Center for Workforce and Community Education at Bristol Community College, my main focus is to build relationships with businesses and organizations to create high quality workforce programs and strengthen employees’ skills as well as employers’ capacity.

The Center for Workforce and Community Education provides high quality, market-responsive training to support the evolving workforce. We serve businesses of all sizes, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and individuals trying to improve their skill set.

We offer noncredit courses, workforce training, renewable energy programs, and customized corporate services to help organizations and individuals to get started towards an enhanced career today.

How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?

Our community has an abundance of needs in many different areas, more than I ever imagined. There are ample opportunities where we can make a difference and contribute to building a better place and a better future for our families.

As I foster my roots in this region, I want to participate and do all that I can to facilitate change in the area for my daughter and for all members of our community.

I am a formal member of the Board of Directors for the Fall River Rotary Club. As a Rotarian, I work in many volunteer projects with my Club such as serving food in the soup kitchen, providing clothes and training to career center clients, cleaning the trash in the parks of Fall River, fundraising to support scholarships for high school students and leadership opportunities for youth, as well many other activities.

I am the Secretary for the Board of Directors at HealthFirst Care Center, a new member of the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts, and a new member of the Board of Directors for the Fall River Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I participate in many conversations and partnerships within different industry sectors such as manufacturing, clean and renewable energy, healthcare, human services, neighborhood revitalization, education, training and workforce needs. I look forward to many more opportunities to volunteer.

What did you find most valuable about your LSC experience? How did participating in LSC contribute to your community leadership?

Leadership SouthCoast came to me at the right moment, just few months after I started working at Bristol Community College. My supervisor saw the value for me as a newcomer to the state and as a new employee for BCC.  As soon as I joined LSC, my networking opportunities started to grow. I learned so much about how the region works, the State operations, the different challenges and opportunities in our area, and I met wonderful high quality individuals with great leadership skills and very strong commitments to this community.  LSC was my first real exposure to this area, it was key for my job and for my professional growth in my new position at the time.

Describe your leadership in one word.

Collaborator.

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