Career & Technical Education Division

Dr. Christina Tafoya
Dean, Career and Technical Education, Oxnard College

Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Learning, the Division of Career and Technical Education includes organized educational programs that offer a sequence of courses that provides individuals with coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions. 

The Dean of Career and Technical Education serves as a member of the President’s Instructional Executive Team. 

In spring 2015 Dr. Christina Tafoya assumed the role of Dean of Career Technical Education (CTE) at Oxnard College.  Dr. Tafoya holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Brentwood, CA. She also attended Oxnard College and Ventura College, earning an Associate of Arts in Business and an Associate of Science in Biology.  As a student at community college, Dr. Tafoya was highly involved in Oxnard College campus life as an Associated Student Government senator and working as a teacher’s assistant for the PACE (Program for Accelerated College Education) Program and a college tutor.   

Dr. Tafoya comes to Oxnard College after serving as the Dean of CTE and Workforce Development at Grossmont College.  At Grossmont College, she managed both academic programs and a variety of specially funded programs.  Her academic departments included: Administration of Justice, Business, Business Office Technology, Child Development, Computer Science and Information Systems, Culinary Arts, International Business, and Hospitality and Retail Management.  Her specially funded programs included: the Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Care Education Program (for San Diego County); the Welcome Back Center (transitions foreign trained health care providers to jobs in the US medical field); Middle College High School (dual enrollment high school located on the Grossmont College campus); Health Workforce Initiatives; CTE Pathways (SB1070 high school articulation agreement coordination for the entire San Diego-Imperial County region); Perkins 1C; the Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee (statewide); and the Public Safety Advisory Committee (statewide).  Dr. Tafoya’s division also provided oversight for other regional and statewide work such as, the San Diego-Imperial County Regional Consortium, the Health Deputy Sector Navigator, and the CTE Enhancement Funds.  She is an active member of the California Community College Association for of Occupational Education.

Before Grossmont College, Dr. Tafoya was the Oxnard College Dental Coordinator.  During her tenure as Dental Coordinator, she helped launch a new Dental Assisting Program and brought the already nationally recognized Dental Hygiene Program to new heights of excellence with consistent 100% pass rates on the NBDHE (National Board Dental Hygiene Examination), CA RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) Exam, and the WREB (Western Regional Board) Exam.  She was an active faculty member in the areas of accreditation, program review, curriculum, professional development, and student learning outcomes.  She also served on the Oxnard College Incident Command Team.  She has received special US Army MOPP 4 (Mission Oriented Protective Posture Level 4) training in bioterrorism & disaster response. 


Department Chairs and Programs in Career and Technical Education at Oxnard College

Armine Derdiarian, DDS, Coordinator of Dental Programs
     Dental Assisting
     Dental Hygiene

Diane Eberhardy, Ed.D, Office Technologies Department Chair
     Administrative Assistant / Office Technology

Frank Haywood, Management Department Chair
     Culinary Arts / Restaurant Management

Alan Ainsworth, Technology Department Chair
     Environmental Control Technology (formerly Air Conditioning/Heating/Refrigeration)
     Auto Body, Collision and Repair
     Auto Technology
     Computer Networking/IT

Mike Ketailey, Fire Technology Department Chair
     Emergency Medical Technician
     Fire Academy
     Fire Technology

Marnie Melendez, CTE Counselor
     Career Pathways

Patricia Mendez, Child Development Department Chair
     Child Development

Michael Webb, DPA, Public Services and Media Department Chair
     Addictive Disorders Studies
     Paralegal Studies
     Television, Film and Media


To contact a department chair, click on a name.  For information about the programs in the Career and Technical Education Division, please visit each of their  webpages by clicking above.

Dr. Christina Tafoya
Dean of Career & Technical Education
Oxnard College
4000 South Rose Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93033
(805) 986-5824 (division office)