Carole Goldsmith was appointed President of West Hills College Coalinga on Jan. 1, 2013. She has been recognized on state and national levels as an expert on workforce development, contextualized learning, and career technical education and has spent more than 15 years in a variety of educational leadership roles.
Dr. Goldsmith held the office of Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Workforce Development for four years prior to being appointed to President. She started her career of service as a K-12 teacher at a small rural school, then as an administrator at an Adult School and at a private post-secondary college. She still visits the classroom as an adjunct professor at the university level.
Dr. Goldsmith has extensive expertise in building collaboration among faculty and industry, workforce investment boards and postsecondary educational agencies in order to identify and provide opportunities for students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for future employment in high demand fields. While at Fresno Unified, the California Department of Education awarded the Vocational Programs which she oversaw the covenanted Program of Excellence Designation. In 2010, she secured $3 million in Department of Labor to create the “Pathways Out of Poverty” initiative, focusing on green technology in rural Central California. This project was acknowledged in a series of promising practices abstracts prepared by the Technical Assistance Partnership (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, and Collaborative Economics Inc.) as a model program for data-driven decision making, partnership building and for employer engagement. In 2011, Dr. Goldsmith served as the principal investigator for successful U.S. Department of Labor round 1 TAACCT grant. In 2012, she was on loan to lead the Central California Community Colleges Committed to Change Consortium (C6) $19.9 million TAACCCT grant educational reform efforts.
Dr. Goldsmith was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and later reappointed by Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown, Jr. to serve on the Board of Directors of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley. Goldsmith has served on a number of other boards including United Way, California Community College Administrators of Occupational Education and San Joaquin Clean Energy Organization. Carole was awarded the Mariann Loniello Award from the California Community College Association of Community and Continuing Education in recognition for her work in education and economic development. More recently, she was recognized by California State University alumni association Working for California initiative for her advancement of workforce education.
She is sought out as a public speaker on a wide range of educational issues.
She earned her Doctorate of Education from the Joint Doctorate program offered by California State University, Fresno and University of California, Davis.