Carla DeShaw, Dean of Community Education at Cayuga is Honored

August 11th, 2015 Posted in College News & Events

Carla_DeshawCarla DeShaw, Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development at Cayuga Community College, was honored at the annual 134th annual Canastota Alumni Association Banquet at the Rusty Rail Party House on June 27. She was named as the 2015 recipient of the Vincent V. Albanese Alumni Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to her profession and to the community.

DeShaw graduated from Canastota Junior-Senior High School in 1981 where she participated in JV/varsity volleyball and softball as well as Ski Club. She also performed with the Canastota Marching Band and the Pit Band. DeShaw received an associate’s degree in business administration from Cazenovia College and athletic scholarship awards for volleyball and softball. She furthered her education in receiving a bachelor’s degree in vocational/technical education from the State University of New York at Oswego and earned a master’s degree and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Oswego. DeShaw has been certified as a Work Keys job profiler/administrator; as an Achieve global trainer in leadership, supervisory and quality programs; and also received NYS permanent certification as a school district administrator.

Her diverse and extensive experience in the area of continuing education includes more than 20 years serving in key leadership positions in both public education and higher education. In 2002, DeShaw authored and created the Mohawk Valley Manufacturer’s Consortium, a project that received $5.2 million from Empire State Development for incumbent worker training in lean manufacturing, management development and technical skill development. Recently, DeShaw was instrumental in forming the first formal partnership between the Oswego County BOCES (CiTi) and Cayuga Community College to deliver career and community education to Oswego County. It is a pioneering effort to consolidate and share resources between a BOCES and a community college

DeShaw has received numerous professional awards and recognitions, the most recent including the 2012 Canastota Central School District Athletic Achievement Award and the 2014 Cazenovia College Distinguished Alumni Award. She currently serves as the mayor of Canastota.


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