IMPERIAL VALLEY — With many years of educational leadership and teaching experience in a variety of roles, Betsy Lane has dedicated her career to helping students and families realize the value of a post-secondary education.
Betsy has served as the Associate Dean of Workforce Preparation and Community Special Projects at Imperial Valley College since 2017. Her primary duties are in the areas of Dual Enrollment, Strong Workforce Regional and Local programs, Non-credit education and CA Adult Education.
She is a native of El Centro, and she returned with her family to the Imperial Valley after living and working for 12 years in Colorado. Since returning to the Valley, she has worked as a full-time ESL Instructor at IVC, as the Director of Higher Education at Imperial County Office of Education, and as a district-level administrator responsible for the English Learner Program for Central Union High School District. Prior to that, she taught for nine years as a high school Reading and ESL teacher, and for nine years as a community college ESL instructor. She earned her B.A. at California State University, Long Beach, and her M.A. at the University of Northern Colorado.
Her ESL teaching accomplishments include teaching for the International Program at Aims Community College where students seeking a Master’s Degree at Northern Colorado University enrolled concurrently to strengthen their English skills while they studied content at the university. Additionally, Betsy was the Coordinator for the Boulder Valley School District’s Newcomer Pathways program where approximately 100 high school students with very limited English skills had one year to prepare before entering a comprehensive high school.
Highlights of her college access accomplishments include the direction of a $10 million Gaining Early Access and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant at ICOE, and the Dual Enrollment program between IVC and county high schools. With GEAR UP, Betsy and her staff talked with middle and high school students about the benefits of becoming college students, however, with Dual Enrollment, high school students actually become college students (a little less talk, a little more action).