Patrick Crane serves as director of the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development for the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission where he directs and supervises all activities and staff of the department. Crane also exercises statewide leadership on community college and workforce issues and supports the executive director and the HECC on all matters related to community colleges in Oregon. In addition, he serves the agency as adult basic skills director, WIOA Title II liaison, and represents community colleges to other agencies and organizations, the Legislative Assembly, and the governor.
Previously, Crane served as the project manager for the West Virginia Bridging the Gap Consortium for the Technical College System of West Virginia. In this role, he was responsible for the overall project management of a four-year, $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor designed to promote sector-based workforce development in the areas of energy, advanced manufacturing, information technology and construction trade programs in West Virginia. He coordinates with institutional and cross-institutional work teams to oversee the development of career pathways, wrap-around student support services, and course redesign efforts that support Trade Adjustment Assistance workers, veterans and others to complete technical career programs.
Crane also served as the director of policy and strategic initiatives for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. He first joined the commission staff in October 2009 as a research and planning analyst. In 2009 and 2010, Crane served as education policy advisor to Governor Manchin.