Bloom joins CCCC staff

Bloom  joins  CCCC  staffCERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cerro Coso has announced the appointment of William Bloom as the new director of financial aid and admissions and records.

Bloom started his vocation in higher education after a career in the private sector. He worked for the University of New Mexico as a financial aid and scholarships manager and taught organization, information and learning sciences part-time.

He went on to serve as the director of financial aid at Angelo State University in Texas for three years, prior to moving to California where he most recently worked as the associate dean for financial aid and scholarships at Santa Monica College.

Bloom, who assumed his appointment in January, comes with an extensive background in both financial aid and admissions. “At the two-year level, I have found that our students need us and our services much more to help them persist and graduate. I value that and it motivates me daily.”

A doctor of philosophy candidate in organization, information, and learning sciences at the University of New Mexico, Bloom holds a master’s in public administration and human resource management from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor of science in organizational management from Bethel College.

His doctoral research focused on nontraditional students and the challenges encountered in public higher education.

“I am thrilled about Bill’s appointment,” said Heather Ostash, Cerro Coso’s vice president of student services. “His vast experience in higher education, collaborative leadership style and deeply caring attitude will benefit our students and their families tremendously.”

Bloom and his wife Sharon will make Ridgecrest their home.

Story First Published: 2019-01-25