KCTCS Appoints Executive Director of AMTEC

Versailles, Ky. (June 3, 2013) – Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Chancellor Jay Box announced Monday the appointment of Danine Alderete-Tomlin as executive director of the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC).

Alderete-Tomlin is an experienced leader who has served in the corporate manufacturing and education sector for more than 20 years.

“I am confident Danine Alderete-Tomlin will continue to build upon the strong, collaborative partnerships that have placed AMTEC at the forefront of education,” said Dr. Box.

Alderete-Tomlin will begin serving as executive director effective June 3.

“I am humbled and yet very excited to work even more closely with the AMTEC partners and the wonderful staff at KCTCS,” said Alderete-Tomlin. “Dr. Box and the Kentucky manufacturers have given me a warm ‘Kentucky welcome’ and have made me feel at home.”

For the past seven years, Alderete-Tomlin has served as a community college corporate account executive at the Workforce Center of Excellence-Economic and Workforce Development division at Alamo Community Colleges. Prior to this position she was a program manager and adjunct professor at Alamo Colleges. Alderete-Tomlin also has corporate experience in quality, reliability and failure analysis in the electronics industry.

Alderete-Tomlin earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.  She is the recipient of a Malcolm Baldridge Criteria Certificate for Excellence in Education and also has an associate in arts degree from San Antonio College.

AMTEC is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded National Center for Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing collaboration of community and technical colleges and industry partners from across the United States. Working together, these organizations promote postsecondary education and high school career choices in advanced manufacturing, and skills development to better prepare highly skilled technicians and manufacturing engineers for work in automobile manufacturing and advanced manufacturing technology to be globally competitive.

AMTEC has created a unique collaboration of industry and colleges that provides the effective education of workers prized by the industry. The National Governors Association (NGA), through case study, has selected AMTEC as a model and national best practice. NGA states that “The AMTEC story shows that it is possible for governors to work collaboratively with industry, with community colleges, and with each other to provide people with the opportunity to build their technical skills and ensure both America’s future prosperity and their own economic security” (A Sharper Focus On Technical Workers, How to Educate and Train for the Global Economy, Martin, et. al. 2010).

For more information about AMTEC, visit autoworkforce.org. Danine Alderete-Tomlin can be contacted directly at danine.tomlin@kctcs.edu