Neil Cooke is the vice-president academic at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In this role, Cooke acts as the academic lead for over 40 programs in five areas of study within secondary and postsecondary programming. Cooke also has oversight of the institution’s Adult Learning Centre network in the province and the student support services of the institution.
Prior to joining the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Cooke held the position of vice-president academic at Confederation College in Thunder Bay Ontario. While at Confederation, he was the academic lead responsible for 58 programs in 11 areas of study across eight regional campuses.
Cooke has also served as the manager of the Strategic Educational Initiative for the Manitoba Trucking Association in Winnipeg. Cooke was responsible for the design, development and administration of programming to support the professional development needs of the transportation sector of Manitoba. His research involves carbon reduction strategies for the transportation industry.
Cooke holds a master’s degree in education (postsecondary administration) as well as an undergraduate degree in technical education, a diploma in vocational education and a certificate in adult education. He is also an interprovincial certified heavy-duty technician.
In addition to his experience in postsecondary education, Cooke has been an active volunteer within his community, contributing his time to youth sport programs and as a Habitat for Humanity board member. He is also an advocate for the off-reserve members of the Peguis First Nation.
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