From 2000 to 2002 he was an associate dean at Grossmont College, heading the Leadership and Economic Development Institute, which worked closely with faculty to identify workforce training needs and prepare funding proposals for programs. From 1998 to 2000 he was the director of the East County Career Center, a comprehensive one-stop center for job-seekers who need training and job-search assistance. Prior to that, he worked 23 years at the San Diego Workforce Partnership, including nine years as the assistant chief executive of the major funding agency for job training programs countywide.
With Schroeder’s retirement, the auxiliary front office is being restructured with the addition of a director of administrative services, who started at the job about a month ago, and a new CEO concentrating more on grant development.
“The scale of grant funding that the auxiliary will focus on acquiring will be substantially more robust,” Schroeder said. “The kind of big grants that right now are obtained occasionally will become routine as the auxiliary expands its focus.”
Describing the hiring of former Cuyamaca College budget analyst Sara Suter to oversee the administration of the auxiliary as the “best retirement gift,” Schroeder says he’s ready to hand over the reins of an operation he developed and nurtured over the past decade. As for his wife’s concerns about his soon-to-be life of leisure, he laughs and says he’ll find plenty to do.
“Well, for starters, I’m going to Disneyland for two days with my 4- and 7-year-old grandchildren,” he said.
An avid hiker who has climbed Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome 12 times, Schroeder is also a devoted world traveler. His sojourns to 29 countries include a three-week stint in Bosnia as a member of a U.S State Department-selected delegation monitoring the first post-war local elections in 1997.
“There are more trips that my wife and I plan to take,” he said. “New Zealand’s next.”