New Small Business Center Director at MTCC

Stacy Buff, Dean of Career and Technical Education, recently announced that Terry Valentino has been named Director of the MTCC Small Business Center effective December 1, 2020.

Valentino is a long-term employee of the college with over 20 years of professional and administrative experience, most recently serving as Director of College and Career Readiness and Human Resources Development.

She will succeed Frank Silver, current director of the center, who is retiring.

“Terry has done a fantastic job leading College and Career Readiness and HRD, and I have every bit of confidence that she will do the same in her new role,” said Buff.


Valentino earned her Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Western Carolina University.

Valentino has one son, Chuck Eline, and is married to Jorge Valentino, a Graphic Designer who also works at McDowell Tech.

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