Career & Technology Education
Occupational Education Program Coordinator
Office: Grinstead 235B
Phone: 660 543 4887
Lori Cochran has been teaching at Central since July 2000. She held a previous education position at the Business and Technology College of the Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City, Missouri, as the program coordinator and primary faculty for the industrial maintenance technology associate degree program. Mrs. Cochran’s formal education includes an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Machine Tool Technology from Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit, Missouri; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Science, and a Master of Science in Industrial Technology. She is currently working on her Education Specialist Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Technology & Occupational Education at Central.
Lori’s 15+ years of industry experience include working at companies such as Stahl Specialty Company and Weld Racing, Inc., where her duties included many aspects of machine tool operation, metalworking, CNC set-up and tooling.
Currently, Mrs. Cochran is the program coordinator and primary faculty for the B. S. in Occupational Education degree program at UCM, which serves many new career education teachers across Missouri.
The New Teacher Institute is part of this degree program. Lori is the director of New Teacher Institute and responsible for the coordination, organization, and administration of this statewide induction program for new Trade and Industrial and Health Sciences teachers across the state.
Lori stays current in her field by holding membership and active involvement in various professional organizations; primary to her teacher educator field is the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education (MOACTE) and its national entity, Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Lori has been an active member of MOACTE for over 10 years and a member of ACTE for the past 8 years. She has made numerous professional presentations at MOACTE and has made one national presentation at ACTE in Orlando, Florida in 2003.