Terra State announces new assistant dean of Technology and Skilled Trades division

Nate Kohlenberg

Terra State Community College would like to formally announce the addition of Nate Kohlenberg as assistant dean of the Technology and Skilled Trades division.

As assistant dean, Kohlenberg will be responsible for coordinating open enrollment training programs and customized training for our manufacturing and industrial partners. He joins Terra State from Motion Controls Robotics Inc., where he served as the controls engineering supervisor since 2018.

Kohlenberg, from Green Springs, is an alumnus of Terra State, graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in electricity and power controls in 2016. He holds numerous industry certifications, including a Functional Safety Engineer certificate through TÜV Rheinland. He is also a United States Navy veteran and served as a sonar technician.

He brings over a decade of experience and an in-depth industry perspective to Terra State, hoping to provide community manufacturers and industrial facilities with the resources the College and the Kern Center offer for workforce training and upskilling.

“Continuing to educate your workforce is essential to cultivating a productive and motivated culture within your organization,” Kohlenberg said, “Skilled labor with industry-applicable skills is in high demand now more than ever.”

Andrew Shella, dean of the Technology and Skilled Trades division, credits Kohlenberg for his industry experience and excellent customer service skills when helping local employers find solutions to their training needs. 

 “Nate has the experience and skills to personally expand our offerings of basic and advanced electricity training. He is already working on expanding our Rockwell certification offerings and is giving his undivided attention to design training customized to the needs of specific employers,” Shella said.

Kohlenberg is looking forward to building connections with local manufacturers and expanding Terra State’s reach and offerings for industrial focused workforce training. He hopes to make training more accessible for partners, whether delivered on campus at Terra State, virtually and self-paced or at the partner’s facility.

“I want to be on speed dial for our manufacturing partners when they need training,” Kohlenberg said, “Companies have a lot to get done and I’m hoping to take the search for industry training off their plate.”