Kim Learnard has been named executive director of institutional advancement at West Georgia Technical College.
“I’m excited that Kim is joining the West Georgia Tech team,” President Steve G. Daniel said. “She has a wonderful background in workforce and community development, along with a proven track record of building stakeholder support and community partnerships in private and public settings.”
Learnard most recently spearheaded the effort to establish a college and career academy in Fayette County, serving as Acting CEO and building stakeholder and community support. She is an electrical engineer, working in a variety of manufacturing environments throughout her 30-year career.
Through the Georgia Quick Start program, Learnard implemented workforce training programs in a variety of manufacturing companies. Her technical instruction has covered subjects from applied math to detailed production processes for companies like Kia, Solo Cup, Owens Corning and General Mills. She holds a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Georgia.
At WGTC, Learnard will be chief liaison with the West Georgia Technical College Foundation and oversee the college’s public relations and marketing efforts.
In her role with the WGTC Foundation, Learnard will serve as the college’s lead fundraiser, while overseeing large events such as the foundation’s annual Black Tie & Boots concert, this year scheduled for Aug. 9.
“I look forward to building positive partnerships and advancing the role that WGTC plays in the communities we serve,” Learnard said. “It is collaboration among business, government and education that will move our economy forward.”
Foundation President Jim Mottola said he is looking forward to working with Learnard.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Kim’s caliber and ability to help West Georgia Tech build awareness and expand our community partnerships,” he said.