Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega as its Provost. The Provost serves as Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer of the college. In this position, Coballes-Vega provides the educational and administrative leadership to achieve a high standard of excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and student development. The Provost is also responsible for the overall guidance and development of policy formulation, educational planning, and new program development.

Coballes-Vega has more than 35 years’ experience working in higher education, and over 18 years’ of leadership experience at comprehensive community colleges and universities. She has received numerous awards for her excellence in these roles. She was attracted to HTC due to the diversity of the programs offered and sees her role as continuing to develop and enhance opportunities for students at the college. “One of my goals is to develop new careers or expand existing career paths, particularly in the health area and the business and technology area,” she said. “Given what we have on the ground already, we can create stackable credentials that are compatible with what is offered at HTC currently.”

“Workforce development is an important anchor,” she said. “We want to provide students the best opportunities for successful careers.” Part of her attraction to HTC was seeing that she would not be alone in her commitment and passion to the students. “The excitement, passion, and love that the faculty and staff have for the students at both campuses was noticeable when I interviewed,” she said. “Plus there’s a wonderful mix of long-term and new faculty and staff working together, which provides both knowledge, experience, and new ideas.”

The diversity of the student body was another factor in her acceptance of the Provost role. “A large part had to do with the students we serve in this region. There’s an enormous diversity of students, aspirations, and the types of programs we offer to help them. Many of these students come from backgrounds where they need to increase their livelihood.”

That’s a background Coballes-Vega understands. Her family moved to New York from Puerto Rico when she was a child, and her father worked in low-paying factory jobs to support the family. “He really wanted me to get a college degree,” she said, “and so he took a second job, doing custodial work for the police department.” His commitment to her education set her on the path that carried her through several advanced degrees and brought her to HTC. “It drives my energy for these students,” she said. “I love my job. I know what I do impacts them. Commencement is one of my favorite days because I know that every student crossing the stage has a story. Every single one of them.”

HTC is excited to have Coballes-Vega with her extensive experience and passion for equity and inclusion within higher education.

About Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College is the largest technical college in Minnesota. HTC serves over 20,000 credit and non-credit students annually and offers more than 50 career and technical programs on two campuses in the suburban Minneapolis cities of Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The college's students have one of the lowest achievement gaps in the state of Minnesota and the success of the college’s mission is demonstrated by a job placement rate of 98 percent.

About Minnesota State
Hennepin Technical College is a member of Minnesota State, formerly known as Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, which includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 400,000 students. Minnesota State is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.

Last updated by jlaabs : 2017-02-14 14:57:16