Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education
Gateway Community College David Cooper, Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut, was instrumental in developing the college's Center for a Sustainable Future (CSF), which he leads. Bringing together college and community stakeholders and resources, the CSF is providing the training and education for emerging energy technologies. The Center has taken off with a broad range of technical and consumer programs, including highly successful training for photo voltaic installers, in collaboration with Solar Connecticut and Connecticut Innovations. Dr. Cooper sees the demand for mid-level skilled workers in "green" technologies rising dramatically. A specialist in adult education, with a doctorate from Rutgers University, his educational model to address this begins with short-term skill training in a hands-on environment with contextualized math, English, and work skills, leading to advanced opportunities and degree programs. Dr. Cooper has spent most of his career working in workforce and organizational development and continuing education at several universities and community colleges, He formerly directed a program at Oakland University, part of the Michigan state university system, to bring new work systems to the US auto industry. Dr. Cooper also served for a year as a visiting Fulbright Professor at the National University of Mexico, where he focused on bi-lateral workforce issues.