BENNINGTON -- The Community College of Vermont has named Heather Weinstein as its new dean of students.

Weinstein will succeed Debby Stewart, who was named the dean of academic affairs in March. Weinstein had served as the director of student services at CCV since 2010. One of the largest parts of that job, she said, was managing the school's TRIO program, which she described as, "a federal grant that supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds."

Weinstein also leads CCV's veterans services program, which provides over 400 military connected students at CCV receive their benefits and adjust to college life, and will continue to do so in her new position. "I'm most proud of how we help [veterans] navigate everything that is involved with receiving their benefits," said Weinstein, who is also chairwoman of the Experiential Learning Committee and has worked to increase study-abroad opportunities for CCV students. "The work I've done has been on a micro level," she said, "dealing with individual students. I really want to expand that thinking: How can we help all students?"

Before working in higher education, Weinstein was a high school English teacher for 10 years, teaching night classes for adults and other non-traditional students. She also worked extensively on curriculum development in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and worked with the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education as training program manager.


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Now working for CCV, Weinstein believes she has found a college that believes in the same standards of inclusivity in education that she does. "I think education is transformative," she said, "and I think people at CCV believe that education is transformative, because we see it all the time."

According to Weinstein, CCV can have a lot of appeal to both traditional and non-traditional college students, because of its locations, flexibility, and the services it provides. One of those services, she said, are the "learning centers," which are staffed by peer mentors, which Weinstein described as "model students."

Students who are struggling to adjust to college life can speak with students who have already overcome those same difficulties.

"It's really helpful for our students to hear from other students," said Weinstein.

CCV is Vermont's second largest college, with 7,000 students across 12 campuses, and online.

For Weinstein, she now intends to speak for all of them. "It's critical that we support all of these different students," she said.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @DerekCarsonBB