Ms. Julie Yoder, M.Ed.
Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Development
Julie Yoder, M. Ed.
Dean Yoder is the longest-serving member of Garrett College's leadership team, having served as dean of continuing education and workforce development since 2011.
"My job is incredibly rewarding because so many elements of it are community-facing," said Dean Yoder, who has spent her entire Garrett College career in CEWD. "After 27 years, I still love going to work every day."
Dean Yoder said she came to Garrett College as "a young mom looking for a part-time position that would allow me to work and also spend time at home with my son."
"I started at the College as a temporary program assistant in 1994,and then was fortunate to advance to program coordinator, program director and finally dean," she added.
Dean Yoder said she sees workforce development as one of her division's overarching goals.
"Our priorities include providing a skilled workforce for Garrett County employers and creating courses and programs to aid employers in retaining employees," said Dean Yoder, who serves on the executive committee of the Western Maryland Workforce Development Board.
Dean Yoder's portfolio also includes oversight of both the soon-to-open performing arts center as well as the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC).
"We've already been working for more than a year toward the successful opening of the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College," noted Dean Yoder. "And we have a continuing goal of ensuring the programs and services at the CARC meet the needs of its members and the community."
Dean Yoder is a statewide workforce development leader, having served as president of the Maryland Community Colleges Association of Continuing Education and Training (MCCACET) in 2018-19. She currently serves on the board of directors for both Garrett County Community Action and Garrett County Development Corporation.
Dean Yoder resides in Garrett County with her husband, Dennis, who works for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as maintenance supervisor for the Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County. They are the parents of two adult sons, Derek and Andrew, both of whom attended Garrett College before transferring to Frostburg State University.