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Kate Daly Rolander, Ph.D.- Workforce Education Specialist

Office: Suite 108, 3600 Center
Phone: (804) 827-1946
Fax: (804) 828-7539
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As the Workforce Education Specialist at the Resource Center, I support Virginia's development and implementation of career pathways programs, support instructors and staff in tailoring instruction for workforce readiness, and coordinate the state's PluggedInVA programs.

Since moving to Virginia ten years ago, I have taught English language acquisition as an adjunct in J Sargeant Reynolds Community College's English Language Program and as a volunteer with Commonwealth Catholic Charities and a local refugee resettlement program called ReEstablish Richmond. Before then, I taught English language writing and grammar to adults at Mesa Community College in the Phoenix, Arizona area and English composition at Northern Arizona University. I also taught English as a Foreign Language in Ukraine.

I earned my doctorate in education in 2018 from Virginia Commonwealth University. My dissertation is entitled An Exploration of Identity Negotiation in Adult English Learners' Communities of Practice. My research interests and publications center on the ways adult learners interact and behave in their many communities and how those interactions shape identity, motivation, and learning. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Northern Arizona University.

I love taking very long walks with my dog, my husband Jeff, and my little daughter Evie. I also enjoy running when I can, reading great books, traveling to new places, playing the violin, catching up with friends, watching really good tv, and being outdoors whenever I can.

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