Bemidji Pioneer: Strosahl named VP at Northwest Technical College

BEMIDJI — Darrin Strosahl, academic dean of skilled trades and industry division at St. Cloud Community and Technical College, has been named vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Technical College.

“I am excited to have Darrin joining us as vice president for Northwest Technical College,” said BSU and NTC President Faith Hensrud, in a release. “He is a genuine, thoughtful and dynamic leader with a passion for technical education. He is very familiar with this region and has exceptional experience developing strong relationships with industry partners and K-12 education leaders across the state.”

Strosahl has served St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud as academic dean of skilled trades and industry division since 2015. He oversees 32 faculty members in the college’s construction, manufacturing and transportation departments, reviews and evaluates instructional programs and directs instructional management functions for the division.

“I am thrilled to be joining Northwest Technical College and am excited to work cooperatively to provide a key resource for the community’s workforce development,” Strosahl said in the release. “NTC is uniquely positioned to bring local schools, business and industry and higher education together to improve career education and create the highly skilled workforce needed for the future.“

Before joining St. Cloud Tech, Strosahl spent 18 years as a high school administrator throughout Minnesota. He is a member of the board of directors for the Minnesota Transportation Center and the 360 Manufacturing Regional Center of Excellence, a consortium of schools that includes NTC and is directed by BSU.

Strosahl has a bachelor’s degree in vocational agricultural education from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Winona State University. He succeeds Jan Doebbert, who has served as interim vice president for academic affairs at the college since March. Strosahl will begin work at NTC in June.