Shawntel Ridgle has been named director of Upper Valley Campus and community education for Napa Valley College.
Ridgle has an extensive background in management as the director of UCSF Mission Bay/Bright Horizons Family Solutions, where she worked from 2013 to 2018. She joined Napa Valley College in 2018, serving first as assistant director the College’s Child Development Center and then its acting director; she was appointed as director in 2019. Most recently, Ridgle has served as career pathways director at Napa Valley College, where she managed the Adult Education Program and supported efforts around dual enrollment, articulation and early enrollment to aligned pathway programs.
Ridgle has seven years of experience providing program leadership and administrative direction and more than 10 years of experience employing education trends, practices and innovations. In addition, she has an extensive background in developing and managing program budgets, professional development of staff, development and assessment of learning outcomes and federal and state regulation compliance.
“I value the importance of lifelong learning and am looking forward to this new role and the opportunity to expand our community education offerings,” Ridgle said. “I am particularly excited to spearhead efforts to expand the programs and community partnerships at the Upper Valley Campus.”
Napa Valley College’s Community Education programs, currently offered online as a result of the pandemic, include workshops, fee-based classes, noncredit (no-fee) classes, educational trips and tours, special events, and short-term vocational training programs. Classes are offered in a variety of subject areas including arts, writing, culinary arts, gardening/outdoors, computer literacy, modern languages and ESL, as well as the cooking school and food and wine enthusiast programs. Napa Valley College recently held a virtual community forum to get input from the community about future offerings at the Upper Valley Campus in St. Helena.
Ridgle holds an associate of science degree in Early Childhood Education from Skyline Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from San Francisco State University.
She resides in Suisun City with her husband and ten-month old daughter.