1:55 p.m., Feb. 11, 2013

College takes advantage of e-learning with new VP

Dr. Jose Fierro
Dr. Jose Fierro

Shawn Havel, Co-editor

The seat in the office of the vice president of academic affairs has found a new owner as Laramie County Community College added Dr. Jose Fierro to its staff.

Fierro will move to LCCC from Jacksonville, Fla., where he has lived and worked for the past nine years as an academic dean and director for the center of eLearning at Florida State College.

During that time Fierro has worked with traditional, online and hybrid curriculum building as well as has taught biology, anatomy and physiology, public health and more.

He said he is eager to apply his knowledge to improve distance learning opportunities at LCCC. Now that the divisions of career and technical education and business, agriculture and computer technology will be joined as the new school of business, agriculture and technical studies.

President Dr. Joe Schaffer has said changes and reorganizations will take place. With the redefinition and amalgamation of two whole divisions comes the task of designing curriculum for both credit and noncredit programs respectively. This will be among the projects to tackle when Fierro joins the staff on Feb. 18. The new VP said he looked forward to joining LCCC, citing an eagerness to get to know the faculty, staff and student community and to find ways to fulfill his duties most effectively. He said he is very willing and open to listening to everyone about the needs and expectations of those involved and affected by the academic programs at the college.

Fierro said he also looked forward to the recreational opportunities of the Cheyenne community and Rocky Mountain environment as a whole. “I’m looking into buying a mountain bike…very interested in trying that,” Fierro said.

He enjoys endurance sports and is active in swimming, biking and trains heavily in running. Fierro also competes in triathlons.

Though born in Madison, Wis., Fierro was raised in Bogota, the Columbian capital. He earned a doctorate in higher education leadership from Arizona’s Northcentral University and earned a master of science in management and administration of educational programs from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Planning to ease into his new role, Fierro said he believed showing up to a completely new college in a new community with too many predetermined plans is not constructive. Rather, he said he felt the job was first to learn as much as he could from actually being a part of the system, seeing where it works and doesn’t work, and then bringing his personal knowledge and experience to bear in a cooperative effort. Fierro said he preferred “getting to know their ideas, bringing my ideas and making them our ideas.”

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