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Business & Community Outreach Manager
Michael Keogh is Business & Community Outreach Manager at the Community College of Vermont and co-chair of the Business and Mathematics Curriculum Committee. Additionally, he teaches business, technology, and mathematics courses on campus and online. Mike has been with the college since 2011, starting as faculty, then serving as academic coordinator before moving into his current position. In his current capacity, he works with businesses and community members to identify skill gaps and develop training programs to serve both individual learners and wider organizational needs.
Mike’s professional and academic background is in business management with a focus on leadership and strategic planning. He has worked in a variety of fields from sales to management to consulting, as a stockbroker in NYC to a state business advisor for Vermont’s Small Business Development Center. Additionally, he is a SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) member, serves on the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board (WIB), and the Rutland Downtown Partnership.
Tiffany Keune is Director of Workforce Education at the Community College of Vermont. Tiffany’s work in corporate training and workforce development includes curriculum design, business outreach, workshop facilitation, course instruction, and instructor training. She also works with trainers, teachers, graduate and undergraduate students to improve instructional practices and assessment strategies. A strong community member, Tiffany also serves on the Executive Board of Vermont Women in Higher Education, and has been a member of the Vermont Public Radio Community Forum Steering Committee, and the Creative Economy Steering Committee. She speaks at various conferences and has designed and delivered workshops at the National Workforce Conference, Antioch New England Graduate School, Vermont Career and Technical Education Conference, Educating the Whole Student Conference and various staff and faculty conferences statewide. Tiffany holds a B.A. from Castleton University, and an M.S. from Antioch New England Graduate School.
Penne Lynch has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and workforce development, and currently serves as CCV’s Executive Director of Workforce Education. Penne works closely with businesses across the state of Vermont to understand the training and retention challenges many employers experience, including a shortage of workers with the skill set necessary to promote company growth through job creation and retention. Penne serves on the advisory board for the Working Bridges Program, an employer-led collaborative dedicated to improving workplace productivity, retention, advancement and financial stability for employees. Penne also volunteers with several community and military organizations to promote training and employment of Vermont’s veterans. Penne holds an undergraduate degree from Castleton University and a Master’s of Business Management and Administration from St. Michael’s College.
Shanti McKenna is Program Assistant for workforce education at the CCV. She spent many years in the customer service and education fields before returning to CCV as a staff member in 2007 to focus on education. Shanti supports the workforce team with various functions such as student registration and faculty support. She graduated from CCV with a Liberal Arts degree in 1999, and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in 2002 with a double major in Education and Mathematics. Shanti also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the College of Saint Joseph.
Career Services Specialist
One of the pilots of Air Force Two during his 15 years in the Air Force, John Craig Popkess took his global travel experience and military officer training to Pan American World Airways and Delta Air Lines as a pilot and instructor for a subsequent 16 years. Pursuing additional challenges, he became a company manager for a national touring theatrical production for 8 years with a break to spend two years as an executive director of a Dallas arts organization with a budget of almost $1 million a year. Retiring to Vermont in 2010, Craig began an association with the Community College of Vermont that has included most of the last five years. His alliance with CCV has included teaching courses in Morrisville, Burlington, Newport, Barre, and Rutland. He is continues to occasionally teach courses at the Rutland academic center while he works matching students with and developing experiential learning opportunities across the state. He assists with workforce projects and helps to manage the careerSpot career services software program.