Frank R. Dawson is the Associate Dean of Career Technical Education, and a former Professor and Chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College (SMC). Frank is responsible for providing administrative leadership in the development of credit/non-credit Career Technical Education certificate and degree programs, and contract education and international training activities that address the needs of global businesses and emerging industries.
Frank developed the curriculum and Associates degree for SMC’s Promo Pathway, a year-long training program in the area of marketing, on-air promotions, and creative services. Promo Pathway has been recognized by the Aspen Institute’s “Future Skills for America” initiative as a model for industry/education/community partnerships. He now serves as Project Director for SMC’s role in the LA HI-TECH Regional Consortia. The Consortia membership includes 8 Community Colleges and 30 High Schools, and is committed to launching Digital Media and Computer Science Career Pathways for High School students that will align directly with Community College Career Pathways. LA HI-TECH has been recognized by the Obama Administration’s “TechHire” initiative as one of the 21 City model Industry/Education partnerships that is addressing the nation’s critical Skills Gap shortage in the Technology sector.
Frank Dawson was born in New York City, and earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He earned a Master of Science degree in Television and Radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where he has been inducted into the school’s professional gallery of distinguished alumni.