Dr. Federico Zaragoza and his wife Laura are the proud parents of two children and two grandchildren. He has been the Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) at the Alamo Colleges since 2004. He works collaboratively with the five Alamo colleges to align associate degree workforce education programs to target occupations and industry demand. All non-credit programs are centralized under EWD and include a network six Regional and Community Higher Education Centers; the Alamo Academies; International Education; Alternative Teacher Certification; Workforce Center of Excellence; and Corporate Training programs. Over 21,000 students enroll in Workforce Development programs (11,000 credit) and (10,000 non-credit). EWD maintains strong relationships with the community and economic development stakeholders. Under Dr. Zaragoza’s leadership, Alamo Colleges has won numerous national recognitions including the 2015 and 2016 Bellwether Awards for the Alamo Academies and IBEST programs respectively; the 2013 LERN National Instructional Innovation Award for “Just in Time Training programs”, and the 2005 American Association of Community College Trustees’ National Workforce Excellence Award for customizing exemplary job training programs (Toyota, Lockheed Martin, Boeing). Dr. Zaragoza was the recipient of the 2015 Education Brillante Award from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), 2015 Texas Association of Community Colleges Carl Nelson Leadership – Administrator of Year Award, 2017 Goodwill Industries Bill Sinken Award, 2017 LULAC National Educator of the Year and the 2018 La Prensa – Lifetime Education Achievement Award.
Dr. Zaragoza has served on several local, state and national boards and committees including the National Council on Workforce Education (NCWE), the National Automotive Manufacturing Training and Education Consortium (AMTEC), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Education Committee, the Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA), San Antonio Manufacturers Association (SAMA), and American Association of Community Colleges – 21st Century Workforce Education Implementation Committee. In 2013, Dr. Zaragoza was reappointed by US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which was established to enforce national education standards for accrediting agencies or associations.
Dr. Zaragoza is a distinguished lecturer in workforce, technical and industrial education, and has lectured throughout the United States and in Germany, India, Spain, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Canada, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. He also co-authored the Texas Workforce Commission Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Handbook for Workforce Professionals. Having presented at various national and state conferences and Think Tank forums such as the NCWE (2005-10); Aspen Institute Sectoral Summit (2008); Columbia University Forum on Community Colleges (2008); UT-Hidalgo Global Conference (2007-08), National Career Pathway Network (2010-1013), White House – Higher Education Anchor Institutions (2016) and US Office of Vocational & Adult Education– Evidence Based Best Practices (2016). In March 2016, President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee invited Dr. Zaragoza to provide one of the keynote addresses on workforce innovation at the National Festival of Innovation in New Delhi, India.
Dr. Zaragoza has held various leadership positions, including State Director for the Wisconsin–Job Training Partnership Act Programs, President and CEO of the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County and Dean of Continuing Education for the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He also worked for the Milwaukee Public School District as Director for Alternative Education Programs. Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor, Dr. Zaragoza served as Vice President of Administration for St. Philip’s College-Southwest Campus. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master’s degree in Vocational Education, an Educational Specialist degree in Industrial and Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin–Stout, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education and Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.