Reclamation Selects Centennial Job Corps Center Director

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212

For Release: September 20, 2006

The Bureau of Reclamation selected Michelle Woods to serve as the new Center Director for the Centennial Job Corps Center located in Nampa, Idaho.

Woods replaces former Director Tom Zender, who recently retired. Prior to joining the Job Corps, she served as Dean of Education for Apollo College in Boise, Idaho, where she was responsible for the education of students enrolled in allied health care study programs.

"We are very pleased that Michelle has joined us," said Reclamation Regional Director Bill McDonald. "I am certain that we can depend on her leadership to keep the Job Corps program relevant and effective for the continued success of our students."

She is also a military veteran, having served with honor in the U.S. Army for 21 years until her retirement in 2004. While in the military service, she held several administrative posts related to education at Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, Calif., and in Fort Lee, Va. She is the recipient of numerous awards and accommodations, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho, and a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

Woods currently resides in Nampa, Idaho, with her husband Albert, and daughter, Rosalie. The Woods family enjoys camping, gardening, and numerous outdoor activities.

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