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Vice President
Workforce & Economic Development
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PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver
MS, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
BS, Business Administration, Bucknell University


Eric currently serves as the Associate Vice President and Dean of Business, Technology, and Workforce Partnerships at Arapahoe Community College. Eric leads 2 extended campuses in Castle Rock and Parker and leads ACC's efforts in industry and community engagement. Eric co-led the cultivation of $11.1 million in private donations for the Sturm Collaboration Campus, led ACC’s efforts to win the $2 million Sync Up Colorado challenge in 2021, co-created innovative apprenticeships in health care, technology, and business, and co-created responsive career-ready programs for displaced workers in the Denver-south region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eric serves on the Colorado State Youth Council board, Arapahoe/Douglas workforce board, and the Colorado State University county extension board. Eric was named a 2021 Colorado Apprentice Champion at the Colorado Apprenticeship Awards and was also selected as an 2021-2022 Aspen Rising Presidential fellow.

Eric has 16 years of experience in higher education in areas such as Outreach and Engagement, Continuing Education, Academic Support, and Assessment. Prior to ACC, Eric served as the Coastal Regional Director for Oregon State University Extension/Outreach and Engagement. Eric led 6 county extension offices and helped implement new strategic initiatives for engagement such as co-creating the first outdoor recreation and tourism faculty position and focus on the Oregon coast. Prior to OSU, Eric worked in a variety of roles for 9 years at MSU Denver, which is a Hispanic Serving Institution in downtown Denver.  Eric graduated from Bucknell University with his BSBA, Colorado State University with an MS, and the University of Denver with a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

Eric is married to Katie and they have three children. They love traveling, spending time as a family, and staying active outdoors.

Awards & Publications

2017 Distinguished Partner in Innovation Award, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
University-wide recognition for creating innovative community partnerships with Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Travel Oregon, OSU, and various south Oregon Coast communities that led to development of community directed support systems around tourism and out


Workforce & Economic Development
eric.dunker [at]