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!