Michael Klouser, Director of the Technical College of the Rockies (TCR), recently announced that he is stepping down from the college to take another position out of state.
Klouser, director for the past three years, has accepted a position as vice president at Tennessee College of Applied Technology beginning June 1.
The move will allow him and his wife to be closer to family.
“I feel like the school is in a great place to hand-off. I told the staff here that there’s a time when I will not see the things that need to be done. That’s the typical timeline of a manger. This (change) will offer the new director an opportunity to just let the engine roll, learn what’s going on and then start looking at the things that will bring the college to another level,” he said.
During his short tenure at TCR, Klouser has led the way in growing the college’s career and tech programs, increasing enrollment and sustaining quality staff according to Caryn Gibson, Superintendent of Delta County Schools.
“Mike has made quality changes to move TCR towards becoming a school of choice for many people to get the training and knowledge to pursue a career. He leaves 'big shoes to fill' but, we believe we can find a good leader to continue Mike’s and the school district’s vision of enhancing career and technical education on the Western Slope,” she said.
Gibson said Klouser has been instrumental in bringing a state of the art Medical Innovation Training Center, to be located in the old City Market/Chaco building, to Delta in the near future.
“Mike has been a motivated passionate leader with a skill set that has enhanced and grown the Technical College of the Rockies to be a competitive option for students wanting a Career and Technical Education certificate. He’s made a huge impact on making the Technical College of the Rockies an exceptional college and will be missed.”
Klouser has his bachelor's of science in electrical/electronic engineering from California State University, Chico; a master of business administration from University of Phoenix, and education administration credentials from the University of Denver.
In 2002 he began his education career at Pickens Technical College in Aurora Colorado as an instructor of General Electronics Technology. Over the next several years he taught high school math and computer science.
In 2014 Klouser was appointed assistant director where he provided solutions to national accreditation, data systems management, academic integration, program viability and community outreach.
In 2017 Klouser accepted the position as CTE Director of the Technical College of the Rockies in Delta.
Since taking the position, Klouser worked to rebrand Technical College of the Rockies from its former name of Delta Montrose Technical College; establish branch campuses in Gunnison and Montrose counties while building a robust pipeline for high school students seeking industry based certifications prior to graduation. He was also instrumental in increasing enrollment to a level not seen in over seven years at TCR while keeping cost down below its competitors.
Klouser currently serves as an intelligence officer in the United States Army Reserves. He mobilized twice to serve the country and deployed to Iraq in 2009-2010. He will be retiring from the military this fall after 23 years of service.