Laurie has been with Northwest College of Construction since 2007. Starting out as an Administrative Assistant in the education department, she eventually worked her way into a dual position as the Director of Human Resources and Director of Operations.
Laurie has a strong vision for the future of the college. This includes a focus on improving acquisition and retention rates for all craft apprenticeships, developing a tighter support system for instructors in their educational efforts and making a strong move in implementing new technologies into the classroom, including 100% online testing.
Laurie is a Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP). She is the Sponsor Representative and Assessments Administrator with the college’s accrediting agency, NCCER, and is an NCCER Master Trainer.
Director of Student Services and Apprenticeship
Sara originally started with the College in 2007 and worked her way up to the Director of Student and Apprenticeship Administration at the time of her departure in 2017.
After her departure, Sara worked as the Director of Apprenticeship for Associated Builders and Contractors, Pacific Northwest Chapter, and as an Apprenticeship Representative for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry, Apprenticeship and Training Division.
Sara returns to the college in 2020 to resume her position as the Director of Student Services and Apprenticeship Administration. She will lead the management of all day-to-day operations of the six registered apprenticeship programs administered by the Northwest College of Construction, as well as the management of other students training at the College.
Sara has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. She is also a NCCER Master Trainer and has completed training to teach cultural competency curriculum. Over the course of her career in apprenticeship, Sara has developed a deep passion for apprenticeship and workforce training.
Director of Student and Public Affairs
Katrina is the Director of Student and Public Affairs at Northwest College of Construction. She is responsible to manage the day-to-day apprenticeship administrations of 9 open shop construction programs at NWCOC. She has dedicated herself to lifelong learning and assisting members of the community achieve careers with living wage jobs.
Prior to coming to NWCOC, she had 20 year of experience working in education and apprenticeship at Portland Community College’s Trades & Industry Department. Also at PCC, Katrina was the Chair of the Oregon Community College Apprenticeship Consortium that governs apprenticeship transferability among the 17 Oregon Community Colleges.
Additionally, Katrina is prideful that she developed three statewide apprenticeship AAS degrees, six certificates and 42 certified career pathway roadmaps ensuring that the Oregon apprentices that she encountered could turn their apprenticeships into actual degrees that could transfer on toward BA degrees.
Katrina has also taught safety classes such as 1st Aid/CPR, Forklift certification, Pre-Apprenticeship, Teaching Effectiveness and Trade related career exploration classes. She has a BBA in Business Administration and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Design from AIU, Georgia. Over her career, she has helped thousands of students and apprentices earn degrees and complete apprenticeship programs in various trades.
Controller and Director of Human Resources
Michelle started at the NW College of Construction in 2017. As the Controller, Michelle manages all financial transactions, budgeting and financial preparation for NWCOC, the Construction Industry Training Trust and College Properties, LLC.
She comes to the college with more than 20 years of accounting experience. Michelle worked at the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors for 14 years where she witnessed the formation of NWCOC. Michelle has passed both the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM) exams.