South Plains College announces the promotion of Benjamin Alexander to the position of Executive Director of SPC Lubbock Center and Workforce Development.
Alexander served as an academic and career advisor at the SPC Reese Center campus prior to accepting the new position. He has worked for the college for 12 years. He developed and presented workshops for faculty and departments to engage students in career planning and development.
“Ben is well known around South Plains College for being an advocate for students who is willing to go the extra mile to help them be successful,” said Dr. Ryan Gibbs, vice president for academic affairs. “Coupling that with his private industry experience, it became obvious that Ben is a great choice to lead Workforce Development and the Lubbock Center.”
With the sponsorship of the Levelland Economic Development Corp., Alexander organized and planned a career information fair that highlighted Law Enforcement, Industrial Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies; Automotive Technology; Diesel Technology, Welding, Office Administration and the Allied Health programs at SPC. He has successfully worked alongside faculty, testing, financial aid and admission to serve the needs of students. He also volunteers for recruitment opportunities to promote South Plains College.
“My vision for the Lubbock Center is to exist as one unit, and operate as one unit of South Plains College where we serve students and help to ‘make dreams precedes reality,’” Alexander said.
Alexander owned and operated Mad Science of Lubbock, LLC a science education enrichment company, from 2006 to 2010. He worked as a Youth Services Coordinator for three years for Communities in Schools. He also worked for 15 years with U.S. Foodservice moving through the ranks from warehouseman to frozen food buyer to produce manager and finally, operations manager.
Alexander’s food services experience will help him as the SPC Lubbock Center prepares to open its Culinary Arts Program in fall 2018. The Culinary Arts Program at South Plains College was created to produce students with a wide range of culinary skills that will translate into employment opportunities in the industry. SPC developed the culinary arts program in response to workforce projections that restaurant and food industry employment will grow 21 percent in the next four years with more than 1,000 job openings each year due to new and replacement workers in the Lubbock area.
“South Plains College Lubbock Center is strategically located in central Lubbock to provide work-ready skills for business through hands-on Workforce Development classes and skills specific to the office environment,” he said. “The Center also prepares students with job ready certificates and/or associates degree from our Technical Education programs in Automotive, Welding and Machinist Trade.”
Alexander is a native of Lubbock. He graduated from Estacado High School, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech University. He is very active in the Levelland and Lubbock communities where he served as a member of the National Academic Advising Association. He serves on the Community Boards of Lubbock Independent School District and Holy Temple Church. He has worked on the City of Lubbock Water Board of Appeals, the Unified Juneteenth Commission Board and the Rise Academy Charter School Board. Alexander also is the Ministerial Pastor of Holy Temple Church of God in Christ.
Alexander said he is thankful and appreciative for the opportunity to lead the SPC Lubbock Center. He credits Dr. Robin Satterwhite, president of South Plains College; and Dr. Gibbs, vice president for academic affairs, for allowing him to build upon the quality reputation the new center already has garnered in the Lubbock community.
“Finally, students are able to take the academic core classes required for the Associates of Applied Science degree, all at the Lubbock Center,” Alexander said.
Alexander and his wife, Cicely, are the parents of Benjamin Ashton, 18, a graduate of Lubbock High School and he will attend Harvard University in fall 2018; Adyson Grace, 16, a student at Talkington School for Young Women Leaders; and Benjamin Harrison, 9, a fifth grader at Roscoe Wilson Elementary School.
(Courtesy: SPC Marketing and Recruitment)