Dan Neville started at Trocaire College this month as associate dean and inaugural director of the new Trocaire College Technology Institute (TCTI), located at the college’s Transit Extension Center in Lancaster.
Neville worked in the information technology industry for nearly 17 years before transitioning into technology education. His 16-year career as an educator has included instruction and leadership in adult education, workforce development, certification-based career/technical education and project-based learning.
Most recently, he was Bryant & Stratton College’s information technology program director in the Rochester, NY area. He also previously served as cybersecurity and forensics program director at Fortis College in Ohio.
“Dan is a key figure in Trocaire’s commitment to meeting Western New York’s need for career-ready technology graduates,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Allyson M. Lowe. “His unique background and experience makes him the ideal person to lead the TCTI, and to help our students excel as they pursue studies in Cybersecurity and Data Analytics, utilize technology to upskill at a current job or explore another academic degree.”
Neville’s background is similar to many Trocaire students, as he didn’t pursue higher education until he was in his 30s. His transformation from adult learner into technology professional arose from an internship opportunity, and he hopes to foster that same collaboration and applied experience for TCTI students, potential employers and community partners.
I am honored to have been selected for this role,” Neville said. “The TCTI is a state-of-the-art facility—from the moment you walk in, you know there is something special happening here. My focus is for the students to earn industry-recognized certifications along with their academic credentials. For employers, the certifications will validate that our graduates have the knowledge, as well as the critical skills, to be workforce-ready.”
Neville holds a number of patents, and he is a CompTIA-certified trainer. At Trocaire, he plans on also working with community and industry partners to offer continuing education and workforce development opportunities, including basic internet safety courses.
In addition to Trocaire’s newly launched Associate in Applied Science programs in Cybersecurity and Data Analytics, the TCTI also houses certificate programs in Applied Analytics and Fundamentals of Data Analytics; a suite of technology certifications through the college’s Workforce Development arm; and Trocaire’s other tech-focused academic programs: Healthcare Informatics, Health Information Technology and Computer Network Administration.