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Sarah Wilson-Sparrow

Interim Director, Office of Workforce Development & Community Education

Work experience

Nov 2014Present

Interim Director, Workforce Development & Community Education (WFD&CE)

Schenectady County Community College
  • Industry partnership development and maintenance in key industry sectors
  • Program development and management of  EMT, Craft Brewing & Distilling, Career Readiness, Distilling, Horticulture, Advanced Manufacturing, Computer Software Coding, and Experiential Learning programs
  • Management of a college transition program that assists individuals with academic advisement, financial aid, career interest/pathway development, interview workshops, etc. 
  • Recruitment and management of instructional staff 
  • Student recruitment/intake, marketing, information sessions, flyers, press releases, website and social media updates  
  • Coordinate research and exploration of new demand driven training programs in partnership with Capital Region Workforce Development Boards, Workforce Development Institute, industry partners and human services agencies
  • Business Advisory Board Member for Mohonasen Central School Center for Advanced Technology  
  • President's Leadership Academy member 2016-2017 
  • Led the department in becoming an Institute of Brewing & Distilling Testing Center--Manage registration, test proctoring, payments, invoicing and reporting
  • Collaborate with business and community partners to eliminate educational and training barriers
  • Management of short and long term training/professional development opportunities for the academic and business community
  • Develop, update and maintain currency of curricula for degree, certificate, credential programs and articulation agreements that lead to in demand career pathways
  • Develop, review and approve contract documents as necessary in collaboration with SCCC Administration 
  • Budget management and reporting for program courses
  • Provide leadership in grant projects including research, writing, acquisition, and management
Jul 2013Dec 2014

Program Coordinator, Regional Adult Education Network (RAEN)

SUNY Research Foundation 
  • Planned and facilitated of professional development training events on and off SUNY Albany campus
  • Developed and provided instruction for an on-line College Transition professional development course for Adult Educators
  • Website & database management
  • Managed annual training calendar, 
  • Oversaw externally funded budgets, including grants, contracts, sub-awards and other funds
  • Administered contract management and procurement with internal and external vendors
  • Coordinated daily administrative functions of the RAEN office
  • Prepared annual, quarterly and other reports


Feb 2009Aug 2013

Adult Educator/College Transition Specialist

Hamilton Fulton Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services (HFM BOCES)

College Transition/Admissions Liaison

  • Promoted in demand STEM college programs: Electrical Technology, Construction Technology, Radiology, Nursing, CNA, LPN, and various certificate programs
  • Served as an early Admission liaison between student and college departments: Admissions, Bursar, Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Development & Academic Advisement
  • Desinged and facilitated Career Workshops
  • Developed and implemented a college transition program for non-traditional students inclusive of college registration, placement test preparation, academic advisement,  financial aid assistance, connection to campus support services (TRiO, EOP, Math & Writing Labs)
  • Assisted returning veterans and veteran dependents with access to GI Bill funding

 Case Management

  • Developed an understanding of IEP diplomas, 504 plans, state and federal assistance programs (TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc), ACCES VR and other community support services 
  • Managed intake, assessment, data tracking and reporting 
  • Provided assistance with High School Equivalency (HSE) attainment and job acquisition
  • Served as a National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC) trainer and proctor
  • Assisted incarcerated and formerly incarcerated population with connection to community programs and services
  • Extensive experience with National Reporting System (NRS) & Adult Student Information System & Technical Support (ASISTS): reports, data entry, follow-up outcomes, etc. 


Jan 2016August 2017

Master of Arts in Adult Learning

Empire State College

Adult Learning

Sep 2006May 2008

Bachelor of Arts

Skidmore College

English Literature/Minor in History

Jan 2005May 2006

Associate in Arts

Fulton-Montgomery Community College

English Concentration