Vice President, Workforce Development
Dr. Debra Roach served as the director for Workforce Development and Continuing Education at The Pennsylvania State University, a position she had held for six years. In this capacity, she oversaw all aspects of workforce development and continuing education training for multiple counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Prior to her tenure with Penn State, she served as the director for Graduate Enrollment at Robert Morris University and as the training program developer for SAE International.
Dr. Roach began her studies at CCAC’s Boyce Campus before transferring to Geneva College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University. She also possesses a certificate in Excellence in Executive Management from The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business, is certified as both a Human Centered Design Strategic Planning Practitioner from the LUMA Institute and as a program planner from the Learning Education Resources Network (LERN), and has earned a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.
Dr. Roach’s community and professional affiliations are many. Besides serving on the executive board of directors of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce and as the former chair of the Quality Education Council of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, she is involved with Partner 4 Work, the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, PA CareerLink Beaver County, Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium, University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) and LERN. She also serves on numerous related committees and is involved with many other special projects..