Teresa Disharoon is Director of Business and Industry Training
September 20, 2004

Teresa Disharoon came to Wor-Wic Community College in October of 2001, with 25 years of experience as a teacher, trainer and supervisor. As director of business and industry training at Wor-Wic, Disharoon oversees the college’s continuing education business, industry, trades and manufacturing open enrollment and customized training courses.

Non-credit business courses are offered in the areas of finance, small business, supervision and leadership. Industry, trades and manufacturing courses are offered in the areas of electricity, construction, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, automotive, water treatment plant operation and welding.

“Our courses offer the knowledge and skills people need to advance in their careers or in their personal lives, to be better managers and leaders. It also gives them an opportunity to network with other professionals in the area,” Disharoon explained.

More than 600 local employers sent their employees to continuing education courses at Wor-Wic last year. Some of those businesses used Wor-Wic’s customized training courses, which provide convenient, cost-effective skills training specifically tailored to meet individual business needs.

The customized training process begins with a root cause analysis and a needs assessment to determine what type of training the business needs. Using the results of the analysis and assessment, Disharoon develops a customized instructional program designed to help correct critical issues and increase productivity for the company.

“Training often pays for itself and then some, by improving profitability,” Disharoon explained. “Our instructors are professionals in their fields, and they bring a lot of expertise to our courses and training.”

In addition, Disharoon works closely with Kristina Toadvine, director of computer training at Wor-Wic, and the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance, to coordinate basic computer training offered at the One-Stop Job Market in Salisbury. Disharoon oversees the administrative details of Wor-Wic’s involvement, including monitoring the project, submitting proposals, handling personnel issues, attending partner meetings and managing the budget, while Toadvine develops the curriculum, supervises the instructors and handles all instructor-related issues.

Disharoon is also in her second year as co-chair of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee. She serves as liaison between local businesses and educational institutions in order to help develop the area workforce. Disharoon also manages to find the time to teach continuing education courses in leadership and supervision at the college.

“In addition to my coordinating efforts, I like to teach and take courses at Wor-Wic as well,” Disharoon said. “I enjoy meeting and talking with our students and area businesses because I can learn so much about the training needs of the area to make sure our courses are meeting those needs.”

Disharoon is an Eastern Shore native. She was raised and has lived most of her life in Delmar, Md., where she also raised her son, David Hudson, a junior-varsity football coach for Delmar High School and a substitute teacher for the Sussex County public school system in Delaware. Disharoon has also lived briefly in Arkansas, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia to follow her desired education and career path, but she returned to Delmar, Md., permanently about five years ago.

Disharoon received her master’s degree in education from Salisbury University, with a concentration in administration. Her hobbies include watching and attending Pittsburgh Steelers games, walking at the Salisbury Park, going to the local beaches, and participating in Healthy U and Relay for Life activities at Wor-Wic.

“I love the area, the beach and the pace of life here,” Disharoon said. “I like working at Wor-Wic and all of the opportunities the college offers.”