Trocaire’s Offices of Admissions and Workforce Development have
a new leader at its helm—Mollie Ballaro joined the college this past summer and currently serves as dean of Admissions and Workforce Development.
In her new role, Ballaro is responsible for recruitment and enrollment of new students to the college as well as developing and implementing Trocaire’s many workforce development and continuing education courses and customized corporate training opportunities
Buffalo Business First recently ranked Trocaire third in Western New York as a workforce development training provider based on the number of courses offered.
A Williamsville resident, Ballaro comes to Trocaire after 14 years working in the field of admissions, most recently as director of undergraduate admissions at Canisius College. She is also a Canisius alumna, holding a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration.
Ballaro said she is excited to use her expertise in admissions and recruitment to assist students pursuing both traditional and non-traditional educational options to reach their goals.
“This position allows me to utilize my expertise in admissions in new ways: finding synergy between the admissions and workforce development areas that addresses the needs of the entire community, from high school students going to college for the first time, to adult students making a career change, to workforce readiness throughout Western New York,” she said.
She is also looking forward to working with faculty to improve and refine future offerings.
“I have the opportunity to collaborate with our faculty to develop admissions recruitment strategies and workforce programs based on what they are hearing as needs in the community and then make it happen,” Ballaro said.
Ballaro has a 2-year-old daughter, Lucy, with her husband Jeremy, and another child due to be born in December. She loves cooking, photography and being outdoors, and said she’s thrilled to be able to continue living and working in Western New York.
“There’s so much energy in Buffalo now—you can’t help but be wildly excited about what’s happening,” she said. “I feel so lucky that I was born and raised here and that I get to stay here. The city has everything to offer; I love it so much!”
Furthermore, she already feels at home within the Trocaire family.
“In the time I’ve been here, I am most impressed with how kind and supportive everyone is, from the president right down to every staff member,” she said. “It just seems like a culture of kindness, which is really amazing and in the true spirit of the Sisters of Mercy.”