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Westra Hired as Dean of Technology & Distance Learning

Dr. Richard Shrubb, president at Minnesota West Community & Technical College, is pleased to announce Kayla Westra as Dean of Technology and Distance Learning.

Westra is originally from southern Minnesota and graduated from Delavan High School.  She has a B. S. in English Education from Minnesota State University - Mankato and a Master's Degree in English: Technical Writing from Utah State University.  She has taught high school and middle school English near Chicago, managed a technical communications group for a global engineering, procurement, and construction company in Kansas City, and has taught at Minnesota West Community & Technical College and Southwest Minnesota State University. She has twenty years of experience teaching English and related areas and has been the college's instructional designer, center for teaching and learning coordinator, assessment coordinator, and Desire2Learn administrator as part of her responsibilities while at Minnesota West.  She has been the interim Dean of Technology and Distance Learning at Minnesota West since August 2010.

President Richard Shrubb notes, “One of the things I’ve been proud of during my administration is that people within the college have an ability to advance and shape their careers.  We were proud of Kayla when she was a teacher, we’ve been proud of her as an interim dean, and we’re pleased to have her fill our permanent full-time needs.”