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San Diego State University

Community College Leadership programs


Caren Sax, EdD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education and Director of the Interwork Institute at SDSU. Dr. Sax teaches in the Rehabilitation Counseling Masters degree program and the Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership/Community College Leadership concentration. She administers a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Rehabilitation Technology (with SDSU's College of Engineering) and the Supported Employment and Transition Specialist Certificate. As Director of the Interwork Institute, Dr. Sax oversees more than $5 million dollars annually in grants and contracts funded through federal and state resources that address the following areas: removing barriers to employment and increasing self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities; technical assistance and continuing education for state vocational rehabilitation agency and community rehabilitation personnel; technical assistance for Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) in the CA community college system; systems change efforts to improve school-to-work transition services for students with disabilities as they exit the K-12 school system; professional development activities related to assistive technology and universal design for non-traditional learners; and training and degree programs via distance education. Dr. Sax conducts training for rehabilitation counselors and administrators, community rehabilitation personnel, special educators, and disability organizations in the US and internationally and has published extensively in the disability field on these topics. She started her professional career as a special education and transition teacher in Tucson, Arizona.

Curriculum Vitae

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J. Luke Wood, PhD
Program Director & Associate Professor
Community College Leadership
Program Co-Director
Executive Certificate Programs 

Wendy Bracken, EdD
Program Coordinator & Lecturer
EdD in Community College Leadership

Bridget Herrin, EdD
Program Co-Director & Lecturer
Executive Certificate Programs

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education (ARPE/Interwork Institute)
San Diego State University
Education & Business Administration 246
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Office Hours

Monday –  Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.