IVC is pleased to announce Martha Payán-Hernández as Director of Economic and Workforce Development. Payán-Hernández is a multi-faceted professional with experience implementing and managing grant initiatives focusing on Career and Technical Education (CTE) and workforce training projects/programs. She has built a rewarding career in post-secondary education with extensive experience in CTE, workforce development, and adult education in both credit and noncredit areas, as well as adjunct teaching experience. Payán-Hernández will serve as the college’s primary external workforce and training representative to regional agencies, consortia, partnerships, and workforce groups. She will serve as a faculty resource in understanding labor market trends, supporting marketing of business sectors and identifying future CTE opportunities for adult learners.
Payán-Hernández is a passionate advocate for CTE, diligently striving to promote awareness of career exploration and workforce training opportunities. She is a proud product of a community college CTE program, and a first-generation college graduate. Payán-Hernández earned her master’s in Education, with an emphasis in CTE and Workforce Development from California State University, San Bernardino. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from California State University, Long Beach, and graduated from East Los Angeles College with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies.