Kris Costa

Kris Costa


Aug 1994 - Jun 2001

Masters of Science, Agriculture

Cal Poly State University, SLO
Aug 1993 - Dec 1993

Dairy Fellows Program

Cornell University

Participant in the Dairy Fellows Exchange, 1992

Work History

Work History
Jul 2015 - Present

Career Pathways Engagement Manager

Tulare County Office of Education
  • Facilitate assist, implement, and support consortium-wide development of college and career pathways that lead to post secondary certificates, credentials or advanced degrees.
  • Foster the development of a shared vision for successful community college and university transition
  • Support the creation of quality community college pathways for Linked Learning and CTE students
  • Facilitate district and site development of nine Linked Learning academies with fidelity to National Academy Foundation model
  • Foster district community of practice
Jul 2013 - Present

Educational Sales Consultant

CEV Multimedia
Mar 2012 - Present

Statewide Pathways Project Articulation Liaison

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
  • Facilitate development of Program of Study statewide templates that align with Transfer Model Curriculum programs in Career Technical Education disciplines
  • Facilitate review of all statewide articulation templates to comply with two-year review requirements
  • Facilitate communication to and with CTE transition coordinators statewide
May 2009 - Mar 2012

Director, Agriculture Programs

College of the Sequoias
  • Provide leadership and management of the instructional programs including curriculum design and implementation; supervise and facilitate program review processes; monitoring and maintenance all certificate and degree programs.
  • Establish open, regular and effective relationships with the Agriculture Advisory Committees. Plan, conduct, and participate in regularly scheduled meetings, maintaining written and personal communications with local industry leaders and representing the college to the community.
  • Created and provided department correspondence, marketing, recruitment, and outreach
  • Provide supervision, evaluation and leadership to both classified and faculty personnel within the context of existing labor agreements.
  • Assumed personal leadership in all outreach and marketing initiatives, and assured a high degree of faculty and student participation in these activities.
Aug 2002 - Apr 2009

Tech Prep Coordinator

College of the Sequoias
  • Facilitated partnerships with secondary partners, Tulare and Kings County Offices of Education, Tulare and Kings County Workforce Investment Boards and Tulare and Kings County Regional Occupation Programs which has received millions of dollars in grant funding, since 2002.
  • Facilitated relationships with business partners, career education instructors and administrators for Tech Prep Consortium success and developed strategic plans for consortium work
  • Collaborated with area career education instructors to develop articulation agreements
  • Communicated with all secondary, postsecondary, and business partners utilizing Tech Prep website
  • Coordinated Giant Tech Prep EXPO event, hosting 400 middle school and 800 high school students, as well as over 100 business partners annually, the largest single event hosted on the COS Visalia campus each year
  • Developed and implemented Tech Prep five year and annual plans, including the budget and reporting expenditures and activities to the Chancellor’s Office
Jul 1997 - Dec 2001

Agriculture Instructor

Redwood High School
  • Served as Department Chairman, maintaining department budget
  • Facilitated relationships with Agriculture community advisory committee members and parents
  • Developed and implemented the district model for Agriculture Biology



Gallup StrengthFinder Themes

Gallup StrengthFinder themes: Woo, Communication, Belief, Developer, and Positivity  

Project Management and Leadership

Major strengths include strong leadership, excellent communication skills, competent at building relationships, strong team player, attention to detail, multi-tasking abilities, work ethic, integrity, and resourcefulness  

Computer Applications

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher, Adobe Creative Suite applications, and social media environments  


Honors and Achievements

Seminars, Workshops, and Presentations

California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP), Kern High School District partner

Achieving Educational Goals with Statewide Career Pathways , 2015, NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence

Structured Career Pathways and Student Support – Expert Panel, 2015 , Board of Governors Taskforce on Workforce

Structured Career Pathways and Student Support, 2015,CTE Leadership Institute, San Diego

CTE Model Curriculum Standards,2015, Tulare County Office of Education Workshop

 Power Up Your Pathways and Road Mapping Student Success , 2015, Educating for Careers Conference, Sacramento, Home Economics Careers and Technology Conference , California Business Educators Conference, San Diego, California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE)         

Linked Learning Implementation Workshops, 2014-15, Visalia Unified School District Linked Learning Team                                                                     

Counselor Toolkit Workshops, 2014-15, Regional Events: Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Orange, Placer, and Ventura Counties

AB 86 Consortium Workplan Session Facilitator, 2014, State Center Community College District

Linking Students to College, 2014, RP Group: Strengthening Student Success Conference

California Economic Summit, 2014, Advanced Manufacturing Action Panel

Linking Students to College and Career – A Counselor Tool that Works!, 2014, Educating for Careers Conference, Sacramento, Home Economics Careers and Technology Conference, California Business Educators Conference, San Diego, California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE)         

Discipline Input Group (DIG) Workshops, 2006-2014 Agriculture, Biotechnology, Career Technical Education Disciplines, Articulation Templates  

Developing Programs of Study for All, 2011-2013, Educating for Careers Conference, Sacramento, Home Economics Careers and Technology Conference , California Business Educators Conference, Sacramento, California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE)                                            

Development of Statewide Agriculture Curriculum, 2013, California Community College Agriculture Faculty Mid-Winter Institute, Monterey

UBU – You Be You, 2012, Keynote Address, San Joaquin FFA - Chapter Officer Leadership Conference, SCICON

 Coordinating an Articulation Event with Statewide Career Pathways, 2009, Educating for Careers Conference, Garden Grove

Articulation Made Easy with Statewide Career Pathways,  2009, Educating for Careers Conference, Garden Grove, Statewide Articulation Workshops, Ontario and Walnut Creek

College of the Sequoias Agriculture Update, KTIP Radio Weekly Chat, 2009-2012

Tulare College Center,  Visalia Rotary, Tulare noon and morning Rotary, Tulare Kiwanis, Exeter Lions, and Measure J Committee

Social Media and Your Students….Make the Connection, San Joaquin Region Road Show

Developing Programs of Study For All,California Community College Association for Occupational Education Spring Conference

The Future of COS Agriculture, World Ag Expo, Tulare, CA

Coordinating an Articulation Event with Statewide Career Pathways, Educating for Careers Conference, Garden Grove

Utilizing the Counselors Tool Kit, Webinar

 Articulation Made Easy with Statewide Career Pathways, Educating for Careers Conference, Garden Grove

Planning Articulation Events, Statewide Articulation Workshops, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Ontario and Walnut Creek

Post Secondary Connections….That Work!, Health Science Educator’s Institute, Los Angeles

Articulation…A to Z, Health Science Educators Institute, Los Angeles

Tech Prep 101, National Career Pathways Network Conference, Dallas, TX

Making the Community College Connection, School To Career Academy, ACSA, San Diego, CA