Before joining the college staff in 2016, Bob Strader had been employed by two of NWCOC’s founding sponsors, HBA and AGC, as their Controller and Chief Financial Officer. He is a vocal proponent for professional/technical education. Since 1997, Bob has provided administrative support to the Construction Industry Training Trust, serving in roles that included Trustee and Treasurer. Bob was an advisor to NWCOC founder Dan Graham as the business plan for the college was vetted. He also served as a board member for the Oregon Building Congress throughout an extended period of significant industry support for workforce development programs, culminating in the formation of the ACE Academy.
Bob is a graduate of Kettering University with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Administration. He is a past Chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement, a Rotarian, and a past Prime Minister of the Royal Rosarians. Bob enjoys the outdoor activities offered throughout the Pacific Northwest, especially golf and snow skiing.
Director of Education
Jeff Joubert joined NWCOC in 2015 as the instructor of advanced Tile Setting. His experience in the world of high-end tile and fine stone installation brought a unique approach to this area of craft instruction. Jeff encourages students in both residential and commercial installation to incorporate unsurpassed customer service and expert level craftsmanship to set them apart in their trade.
Being raised in the home of a talented general contractor and a public high school teacher, Jeff pursued a college degree in public education while working for his father’s construction company. His master craft hard surface knowledge, coupled with a Bachelors degree in teaching, led him to teach industrial arts classes at the high school level.
As the Director of Education at NWCOC, Jeff draws upon his years of construction experience and his enthusiasm for teaching to ensure that the college offers the most dynamic craft, technical and professional development courses in the Northwest. His personal goal is to transform eager apprentices into the most qualified tradesmen and women in the industry.
Director of Apprenticeship Administration
Sara came to the college in 2006 with a background in program administration and support. She worked in the apprenticeship department as the Apprenticeship Coordinator for 6 years prior to being promoted to the position of Director. Sara has a unique knowledge of apprenticeship and a passion for training and outreach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University.
Director of Finance
Sarah specializes in not-for-profit accounting. She worked for a Washington-based private school for 11 years. Prior to becoming the Director of Finance at NWCOC, she worked overseas doing community service outreach in orphanages and churches in Romania, Czech Republic and Denmark. Sarah currently oversees all financial aspects of Northwest College of Construction, College Properties, LLC and the Construction Industry Training Trust.