Meet the Dean - Dr. Deborah Porto 

Dr. Deborah Porto in her office

Certifications/Licensure/Professional Associations

Professional Associations:
American Evaluators Association
Council for the Study of Community Colleges
National Coalition Advanced Technology Centers

DOL TAACCCT – North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (managed Haywood Community College work - partner college of NC consortium $20M)
PI - National Science Foundation, Advanced Technology Education - Dual-Enrollment Technician Pathways (DUE 1532907, $194K)
PI - TVA Agriculture and Forestry Fund - Geothermal Applications ($50K)
PI - Duke Energy Community College - Reliability Maintenance ($213K)


Ed.D. Higher Education/Community College Leadership, Western Carolina University
MS, Electrical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University
BA, Physics, Mount Holyoke College

Professional Experience

Dr. Deborah Porto joined JCC in September 2014 as the Dean of Business and Advanced Technologies (BAT). The BAT division includes business (accounting, business administration, information technology [networking], medical office & office administration, community Spanish interpreter, paralegal), advanced technologies (machining, industrial systems, welding, diesel), and the NC Truck Driving School. She initiated the William R. Britt Advanced Technology Center. 

She has extensive workforce development experience as the Interim Workforce Director and Dean of Advanced Technologies at Haywood Community College, at NCSU in the Industrial Extension Service, at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Central Carolina Community College.

Deborah worked as an electrical engineer at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Asheville (NC), Fayetteville (NC) and Coamo (Puerto Rico); and as the Quality Manger at Trion Inc. in Sanford (NC).


NC FIRST Robotics Judge & Board of Directors (2016, 2017, 2018)
National Coalition Advanced Technology Centers - Board Member  (2012-2016), Treasurer (2016)
MedWest – Haywood Hospital Board Member (2012-2015)
Handmade in America Board of Directors (2009–2011)
W. P. Hickman Company Board of Directors (2006-2008)

Contact Information

Deborah Porto, Ed.D.
Dean of Business & Advanced Technology
(919) 209-2041