Cerritos College names new Dean of Health Occupations
Sandy Marks begins her post on July 1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2012
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NORWALK, Calif. - April 3, 2012 - Sandy Marks has been selected as Dean of Health Occupations at Cerritos College. The Cerritos College Board of Trustees approved her contract at its regular meeting on March 21.
Beginning July 1 Marks will oversee the Health Occupations Division including nine departments: Child Development, Culinary Arts, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Registered Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.
"It is exciting to expand my responsibilities at the college," said Marks. "I recognize the Health Occupations Division is strong and my goal is to help it weather this financial storm and continue its high standards for students to succeed in their academic journey."
Marks joined the Cerritos Community College District as the full-time faculty and department chairperson for the Medical Assisting program in 1995. She has served on the faculty senate since 1997, sat on various sub committees for the college, and was a member of the curriculum committee in the development of the medical assistant model curriculum for the state of California coordinated by Saddleback College and Regional Health Occupations Resource Center.
Sandy's academic experience is complemented by her work experience in California as a simulation professor, a staff nurse on a hospital medical-surgical floor, and eight years as the Assistant Director of Nursing for an HMO.
She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing with a minor in management from Alverno College, a master's degree in health care administration from CSU Long Beach, and most recently another master's degree in nursing with an education focus from CSU Dominguez Hills.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.