Associate Dean of Workforce Education
Tiffany Walker is associate dean 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 oversees several federal and state grants, including the state apprenticeship grant. She also works with trainers, teachers, and graduate and undergraduate students to improve instructional practices and assessment strategies. A strong community member, Tiffany also serves on the Downtown Rutland Partnership, and has served on the Executive Board of Vermont Women in Higher Education, the board of Vermont Adult Learning, the Rutland Redevelopment Authority Board of Commissioners, 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.
Director of Business Engagement
Michael Keogh is director of business engagement 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. Michael 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 across Vermont to identify employment gaps and develop training programs to serve both individual companies and statewide industry needs. Prior to joining the team at CCV, Michael’s professional focus was in finance, entrepreneurship, and strategic planning. He has worked as a stockbroker in NYC, a state business advisor for Vermont’s Small Business Development Center, and an entrepreneur having started several small businesses.
As a mission-driven individual, Michael’s personal mission is to close the skills gap and increase the talent pool for Vermont companies so they can thrive while creating new employment opportunities for all Vermonters. He enjoys meeting with companies and helping them discover and implement solutions to their workforce challenges.
In his free time, Mike likes to travel, paddleboard, surf, hike, camp, fish, mountain bike, play the didgeridoo, and drive his sweet Jeep all across New England.
Beth Demers is project manager for CCV’s workforce education team. She grew up helping her family run their three businesses, and has worked with businesses throughout Vermont for over 20 years. Beth specializes in matching educational opportunities with employer and employee needs. Having worked in statewide positions with the Vermont Department of Economic Development, she has a keen sense of workforce trends, solutions, and resources. She has a special affection for the diversity of Vermont’s communities, and looks to leverage the unique strengths of each to effect positive change around the state. Beth holds a B.A. in Education from Trinity College of Vermont.
Shanti McKenna is program assistant for workforce education at 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.
Emily Wagner (she/her) is the Vermont Career Advancement Program manager at the Community College of Vermont. Her work in education spans advocacy, outdoor education, and career counseling in K-12 and post-secondary settings. Emily works with college and community partners to advance knowledge and opportunities around career pathways. She collaborates closely with HireAbility and their team of Career Pathway Navigators to integrate job-seekers into CCV programs. Prior to joining CCV, Emily worked in Student Affairs at both Middlebury and Colby Colleges, where she provided training, advising, and developed programs in violence prevention, healthy relationships, and STEM and healthcare careers. Outside of CCV, Emily hikes all around New England, plays outside with her rescue pup Maple and teaches for SOLO Wilderness Medicine. She holds a BA from Colby College and MPH from Tufts University.