Kim Walsh Vangarelli, Wilkes-Barre, has been named director of Continuing Education at Penn State Worthington Scranton according to Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen, Ph.D., chancellor. She served as Interim Director prior to her appointment and has been employed at Penn State Worthington Scranton since 1998, serving initially as area representative for Continuing Education.
Ms. Vangarelli will supervise the staff of the Continuing Education Department and manage nearly 200 public enrollment programs for Penn State Worthington Scranton. The Penn State Worthington Scranton Continuing Education Department serves a five county area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Vangarelli will continue to collaborate with area businesses, government, community organizations and corporations designing and implementing workforce development programs both for credit and non-credit students.
During her service at Penn State Worthington Scranton, she created PSU On The Mountain, the first off-site accelerated credit offering adult learners for the school. Her department assists students matriculating from Continuing Education into Penn State degree programs.
Ms. Vangarelli collaborated with several organizations to design "Your e-Business Future," an e-commerce workshop for small and medium sized businesses. She also facilitated the development of the Webmaster Certificate program and helped bring the first Computer Collaborative Contest to Penn State Worthington Scranton.
Ms. Vangarelli earned the associate's degree in education from Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA., and holds a bachelor's degree in home economics from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA. She is pursuing a master's degree in adult education from Penn State.
Vangarelli is active in community affairs, serving the Tobyhanna Army Depot Training Consortium and the Northeast Pennsylvania Plastics Consortium. Ms. Vangarelli is a graduate of Leadership Lackawanna and currently serves on the board.
She is a member of the University Continuing Education Association, the Society of Human Resource Managers, The American Society of Training and Development and the Pennsylvania e-Commerce Association.
She was previously employed with Leadernet, Wilkes-Barre, PA where she served as sales manager. She served as circulation and marketing director for The Paper Shop, Moosic and was account executive for Capital Telecommunications, Inc, York, PA.