VP of Workforce & Corporate Partnerships

Dr. Angela Oriano

Dr. Angela Oriano was named the Vice President of Workforce and Corporate Partnerships at Lee College in July 2017.

Dr. Oriano serves as the Project Manager for the Houston Gulf Coast regional STEM Degree Accelerator, coordinating inter-disciplinary teams across four community colleges. Focused on increasing the numbers and diversity of individuals pursuing careers in the petrochemical and related industries, she is managing work to redesign the fourth-year Texas College Prep Math Course, to align math requirements for community college technical programs as part of colleges’ overall guided pathways efforts, and to scale efforts of the Community College Petrochemical Initiative to provide externships for incumbent faculty members and professional development for new faculty members.

Before joining the STEM Degree Accelerator team, Dr. Oriano served as the founding Executive Director for the Texas Success Center (TSC), an affiliate program, sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC). As Executive Director of TSC, Dr. Oriano was charged with bringing coherence and alignment to the states’ student success initiatives, coordinating the work of the work of the TSC Leadership teams, and planning and executing the first Pathways to Progress Institute, the largest convening of Texas community college teams.

Prior to launching the Texas Success Center, Dr. Oriano served as the Associate Director for College Relations at the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) an initiative of the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She coordinated the development of the Center’s Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) and managed CCCSE’s recruitment and outreach work. Additionally, she helped develop and launch CCCSE’s team-based learning events where she worked with community college teams from across the nation to employ survey and institutional data to examine policies and practices to improve student retention, persistence, and completion.

Dr. Oriano has more than two decades of service working in or with community colleges. She served as a grant writer for Austin Community College and as the Director of Developmental Education at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa where she helped lead the college’s tutoring, supplemental instruction, and disability support services; managed the college’s Literacy, Adult Basic Education, and Corrections Education programs; and served as an adjunct faculty member. She also served for several years as a lecturer in the College of Education at UT Austin.

She has authored several articles and is a frequent presenter, facilitator and keynote speaker at national conferences. Dr. Oriano served on the AACC 21st Century Implementation Team One, and is the board president of the Manengouba Foundation, an organization devoted to improving outcomes for students in the Nkongsamba region of Cameroon, Africa. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance from Simmons College in Boston, Mass.; a master of business administration from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa; and a Ph.D. in higher education – community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.