Kathy M. Oliver is the assistant state superintendent for Career Technology and Adult Learning at the Maryland State Department of Education. She leads a division dedicated to excellence and innovation in adult and career technology education programs. The division’s products and services help school systems, community colleges, and community-based organizations prepare students of all ages for success in careers and lifelong learning. The division’s third major program, Correctional Education, provides educational and library services to inmates in the Maryland’s adult correctional institutions and to students in Maryland’s juvenile services system.
Ms. Oliver was appointed to her current position in 1989 and is the nation’s most senior state director of career technology education. Earlier in her career, she was a member of the Division of Rehabilitation Services Executive Team and also worked with Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation in workforce development.
Ms. Oliver serves on a variety of local, state, and national advisory boards related to education and workforce development. She is a past president of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and serves as Board Chair of the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) High Schools That Work (HSTW). Ms. Oliver is also a member of Maryland Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB) Subcabinet; Cisco Academy National Advisory Committee; National Automotive Technician Education Foundation Board of Trustees; and the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Advisory Board. In 2008, Ms. Oliver was honored by The Daily Record as one of the 2007 Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
She is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and received a Master of Science degree in Administration and Management from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.