Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hello all!

I'm Eileen Casey White. Up until three months ago, I have been a program coordinator for the past 17 years at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. Budget cuts and subsequent layoffs have meant a time of change and opportunity for me. For the past 10 years, I've also had a consulting company, Connections Consulting, Inc., that has allowed me to take on projects with employers, educational institutions, and state agencies; now this has become my full-time focus. As a part of "growing my business," I've committed to doing more volunteer work, broadening my network, and learning new skills (like e-learning). My primary focus areas are curriculum development, workshops/training, and research. My goal is to develop stronger online skills in order to teach both at the college/university level and to develop online training for local and regional employers.

Currently, I teach an online continuing education course for Portland State University ("Poverty 101," in partnership with Dr. Donna Beegle and Communication Across Barriers) and am developing a new course for the local Small Business Development Center. "Introduction to Starting a Nonprofit" will be a 3-credit course as part of an online Entrepreneurship series that I also teach in as needed. I'm also learning Chemeketa's new platform, Blackboard Learn 9.1, so I expect to spend a lot of time on the computer!


  1. It sounds like you are very good at making lemonade out of lemons! Congratulations on your new adventure.

    So,I can you tell us more? What is the overall focus for your consulting business?

  2. Eileen greetings,

    It appears that you and Dan should talk since you are writing a course titled "Introduction to Starting a Nonprofit" and Dan's wife is a grant writer and he's thinking about creating content for instructing/supporting folks on how to write grants.