Cazenovia College names new director of Center for Adult and Continuing Education – Rome Sentinel

CAZENOVIA — Cazenovia College has selected Carla DeShaw, a continuing education administration, workforce development, and grant writing professional with nearly 30 years of expertise, as new director for its Center for Adult and Continuing Education.

DeShaw, of Canastota, joined the college in May, according to Sharon Dettmer, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

DeShaw earned an associate degree in business administration from Cazenovia College in 1984 and previously served there as a head volleyball coach and Alumni Board member. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in vocation/technical education, a master’s degree in educational administration, and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from the State University of New York at Oswego.

She recently retired after 12 years as executive dean of community education and workforce development for Cayuga Community College in Auburn. Prior to that, DeShaw spent nine years as assistant director of continuing education for the Madison-Oneida BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education. She earlier worked as coordinator of Adult & Continuing Education for the Delaware Chenango Madison Otsego BOCES in Norwich.  

She has an extensive record of service in community and professional organizations, including several years as a member of the Cayuga County and Oswego County Workforce Development Boards. She also served as the first female major of the village of Canastota, where she spent eight years leading economic development, infrastructure improvements, and beautification initiatives. She has been widely recognized for her work in workforce development, including creating the Mohawk Valley Manufacturer’s Consortium for incumbent worker training in lean manufacturing, management development and technical skill development. She secured more than $16 million in grant funding for workforce development and other initiatives while at Cayuga Community College.

“The college is very pleased to have Carla back in the college’s service and to put to use her knowledge and skills advancing its mission and initiatives,” said Dettmer. “She enjoys working with faculty as a liaison to academic programs and workforce development, has had great experience identifying community educational needs and designing credit and non-credit programs and services, and has extensive experience as a grant writer. We welcome her back to campus and look forward to her ideas and contributions.”  

DeShaw said she looks forward to the opportunity to share her knowledge and skills while helping to expand and create new workforce development initiatives and programming at the college. “I am excited to have come full circle with my career and return to my alma mater. I am looking forward to adding new programming, services, and partnerships to an already great foundation that has been built.”