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Burke brings over 13 years of education and management experience to growing Lubbock campus

Debbie Burke as Lubbock Campus DirectorLubbock, TX – August 24, 2012 – Vista College has named education and management professional Debbie Burke the new campus director for its Lubbock campus.  Burke brings over 13 years of extensive education and management experience from her previous positions in technical colleges in Oklahoma, where she has served as campus director, vice president/executive director, and registrar.

Prior to joining Vista College, Burke was campus director of Oklahoma Technical College, where she excelled in increasing student population, building and maintaining solid student relationships, developing faculty and staff, and ensuring excellent communication and interface with all parties.  Additionally, she was effective in cutting costs, providing marketing ideas, and beginning a high school program for the campus.   Prior to this position, she spent numerous years as vice president/executive director at Tulsa Welding School, where she was responsible for all operations including overseeing the main campus as well as the expansion site through completion, and working with all aspects of school finances and budgeting.  Additionally, she has solid experience with state licensure approvals, compliance and default prevention.

“We are thrilled to have Debbie join our Vista College team,” said Jim Tolbert, Vista College CEO. “Her impressive experience and fresh perspective along with her can-do attitude and passion for student success will go far in furthering Vista College’s mission:  providing high quality, specialized career skills to help students meet and cope with technological changes – resulting in employment and career success.”

Vista College offers a wide variety of career training programs throughout Texas and New Mexico. Each career program is staffed with industry experts and leading professionals, ensuring each student an affordable, quality education that will help them pursue a successful career in their chosen field.

“I am delighted to be joining a community of schools that believe so strongly in caring for their students and ensuring their success,” said Debbie Burke. “It goes without saying that any city’s future depends upon having trained and skilled workers.  Without question, Vista College is playing an important role in the vitality of this community – a community and a work environment that I am excited to join!”

Potential students interested in program information should contact the campus directly at (806) 500-2215.

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