VP of Workforce Development, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern LA
Dr. Rugon has over 25 years of career and technical education program development experience. Her career began as an accounting instructor at Louisiana Technical College–Sidney N. Collier Technical College where she taught for 17 years. In 2003, Kim was promoted to the position of Assistant Dean at Louisiana Technical College–Jefferson Technical College where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the campus. Dr. Rugon showed an interest in curriculum and instruction as she began to write curricula for apprenticeship, film and video technology, bank teller technology programs.
After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Rugon was chosen as Vice Chancellor of Louisiana Technical College-Region 1 where she was responsible for four college campuses in the region. She oversaw all fiscal management, academic and workforce development program planning, high school dual-credit enrollment programs for at-risk and traditional high school students, faculty and staff development, resource development and planning, and community outreach and marketing. During her tenure as Vice Chancellor, she was credited with re-opening the Slidell Instructional Service Center as well as re-establishing the following programs that had been shut-down due to the hurricane: Cosmetology, Machine Tool Technology, Air Condition and Refrigeration, Barber Stylist and Electrician Technology. Rugon can also be credited for the creation of the Electric Lineman Technology program.
Dr. Rugon is currently the Vice President of Workforce Development for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana. In her first 10 months as Vice President, she secured $1,157,000 in grants from federal and private funding sources. In addition, she created 3 training programs that would provide training to vulnerable populations (disabled, ex-offenders and under/unemployed individuals). In addition to her duties as Vice President, she is an adjunct college professor at Strayer University where she teaches Management courses.