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Heartland adds Associate Director of Career Technical Education

February 24, 2021

Heartland Community College looks to support the needs of the area’s workforce with the creation of a new position to help develop Career and Technical Education. 

Sienna Beard has been named Associate Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE). The role is responsible for leading recruitment, advisement, and student engagement efforts for the CTE division. 

In her new position, Beard manages the recruiting process for attracting prospective CTE students and also advises new students, serving as the liaison between them and their desired career paths. In doing so, Beard connects students with program-specific faculty advisors. In overseeing the training of CTE faculty advisors, Beard conducts the implementation of best practices in both monitoring and fostering student progress and success. 

The position is partially funded through an Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) CTE Improvement Grant. This grant aims to support the improvement, innovation, and expansion of Career and Technical Education programming throughout the Illinois community college system. This grant is made available through Illinois Perkins Title I Leadership funds. 

CTE offerings encompass Heartland’s Industrial Technology, Digital Media, Business Technology, Computer Networking, and Health programs. In joining this division as Associate Director, Beard will be providing essential leadership for Heartland’s mechanism in linking students with optimal employment opportunities. 

Learn about Heartland’s CTE programs at

Written by: Steve Fast