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LaPrise to Head Educational Outreach
October 11, 2019

Dr. John LaPrise has been named vice president of educational outreach at Walters State Community College.

The Division of Educational Outreach is a new department that encompasses the college’s Claiborne County Campus, Niswonger Campus and Sevier County Campus. LaPrise also oversees workforce training and distance education.

“Dr. LaPrise has served the college for 27 years and is uniquely qualified to lead this division,” said Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State.
“Under his leadership, the college’s outreach programs will enter a new era of importance as we seek to better serve the diverse needs of our communities.”
LaPrise holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.A.T. from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. His doctoral research was centered on program evaluation and student assessment.
He joined the faculty of Walters State in 1992 as a mathematics instructor. He has served as dean of mathematics, assistant vice president for academic affairs and interim vice president of academic affairs. In recent years, he played a key role in receiving and implementing grants to expand the college’s career and completion advising. 
“I have always looked at the needs of the college and where I could best serve, and that is what led me to my new position. I look forward to reaching out to those we serve,” said LaPrise.
LaPrise will be working closely with business and industry leaders in designing new training programs offered through the college’s noncredit programs. He will also spearhead efforts to expand the dual enrollment program, which gives high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses. 

LaPrise said he will concentrate on listening to the needs of East Tennessee and looking for ways to collaborate to meet area needs. 
The Division of Educational Outreach has recently unveiled grant-purchased equipment that can be moved into a manufacturing facility for on-site training. A dual enrollment initiative enables high school students to take technical courses and earn an associate’s in engineering technology at the same time they graduate high school. 
“These partnerships provide a united effort to achieve common goals,” LaPrise said. 

In the picture: John LaPrise