Gina La Monica
Dr. Gina La Monica has been the Dean of Workforce Development and Applied Sciences at Merritt College since May 2012. She has a doctorate from Pepperdine University in Institutional Management where she was selected as the distinguished graduate of her class. Her professional career in education started at the high school level where she was a coach, counselor, and teacher. Thereafter, she became a tenured professor, department chair, and director at the community college level working in the Los Angeles Community College District. She was known statewide as the PACE (Program For Adult College Education) expert and started many PACE programs at other community colleges as well as at universities.
Dr. La Monica’s administrative career started at Ventura Community College, and thereafter, at College of the Canyons where she was a Career Technical Education (CTE)/Workforce Development Dean. She worked closely with the Chancellor’s Office, becoming their trainer for her regional consortium in areas pertaining to CTE and became the expert on TOPs Codes (Taxonomy of Programs) for CTE. Additionally, she worked as a lecturer at California State University, Northridge in the Graduate School of Education starting a partnership with College of the Canyons managing, teaching, and graduating a cohort of graduate students. She also helped California State University, Northridge and California Lutheran University start their Doctoral Programs in Education; she was on both of their advisory boards. Dr. La Monica is also very competent in online education and was one of the pioneers in the development of online learning working for a number of universities and colleges in creating online classes.
Dr. La Monica was selected as a statewide CTE trainer for the Chancellor’s Office in addition to being selected on the statewide advisory board for Community College League of California. She has also been selected as a grant reader for the State Chancellor’s Office and often reviews many of the Workforce Development grants. She is also active with the California Community College Accreditation Commission (ACCJC) in addition to Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA). In addition to her dean position, Dr. La Monica still teaches online courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is a course lead for a graduate leadership course. She also is a published author and has presented at numerous conferences.