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Dr. Cynthia Pellock

Dr. Cynthia Pellock is the UCWHRE Institutional Representative for The Pennsylvania State University.

She is a project leader with experience in program planning, team facilitation, marketing, human resource management, and student retention at higher education institutions and public and private, non-profit organizations. Dr. Pellock is the Director of the Center for Professional Personnel Development in Career and Technical Education and an Associate Professor of Education in the Workforce Education and Development Program at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on history, philosophy, and policy of career and technical education.


Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Pellock’s work experience was in administration of publicly funded programs. As the Director of the Upward Bound Program and Assistant Professor in Academic Support Services at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, she directed Upward Bound, a federal program to facilitate the transition of disadvantaged youth from high school to college and successful adulthood. Earlier in her career, she managed contracted service delivery for a government-funded county agency for older Americans, developed and led a community-based federal volunteer project (RSVP), and provided clinical social work in a residential treatment facility for abused and troubled adolescents. Her work experience has been in urban and rural communities of Maryland and Pennsylvania.


Dr. Pellock holds a B.A. in Sociology/Social Welfare from Bloomsburg State College, an M.S.W. with concentration in community organization from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from The Pennsylvania State University.