Enrollment is now open for the Fall Maintenance Mechanic cohort!

VOLT Institute
VOLT Institute

  • Meet Our Staff

    Deborah Rowe, Executive Director

    Deborah Rowe is a Director II for Stanislaus County Office of Education and Executive Director of VOLT Institute. Before joining SCOE and the VOLT, Deb spent 10-years as Principal & Assistant Principal at James C. Enochs High School, 5-years as a CTE teacher at Downey HS, 8-years as a special education nurse at Beyer HS and 8-years in nursing at Memorial Hospital. Deb holds degrees in Nursing, MJC; Bachelors in Vocational Ed., CSU, Sacramento and Masters in Administration, CSU, Stanislaus.

    Jessica Due, Administrative Assist.

    Jessica is excited to be a part of the VOLT administrative team and is a current employee of the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Her professional background includes experience in farming, construction, minor league baseball, radio, and theatre.

    Ron Losinski, Master Trainer

      Ron Losinski, VOLT’s Master Trainer, learned his trade through decades of hard work. His career path started as a Construction Electrician in the United States Navy and continued with private sector employment as an electrician technician. Ron then received his Bachelor of Science from Montana State University and went on to amass nearly 30 years of experience in the areas of maintenance, engineering, and electrical. Having sourced apprentices for years to fill trade positions, Ron is a master at providing foundational knowledge to aspiring tradesmen as they seek fulfillment in exciting careers. 

    Chad Prasad, Instructor

    For over 46 years with Tri-Valley Growers, Signature Fruits, and Seneca Foods, Chad held various roles including: Machine Operator, Fork Lift Driver, Sub & Area Department Supervisor and Plant Maintenance Supervisor. Chad holds various industry certificates and distinctions in areas of focus such as: Microbiology, Acidified foods, Thermal processing, Records, Over Pressure, Glass/Rigid containers, Instruments & Sanitation.

    Ray Cawthorne, Instructor

    "I believe in a future which grasps innovation through technology and places less impact on the environment,"​ Raymond Cawthorne, PhD.  Ray's 35 years of Experience includes: Helicopter Crew Chief and NBC (Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical) Officer in the U.S. Army, Manufacturing Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Operations Management, and Supervision in industries including Aviation, Transportation, Equipment, Architecture, Engineering, Research, and Food Products.

    Gary Beaudette, Instructor

    Gary Beaudette, is the owner of Beaudette Consulting Inc. a firm that specializes in corporate training, curriculum design and implementation of communication, lean principles, operational excellence, performance teams, problem solving, and project management. BCI designed the curriculum for the VOLT Institute Career Accelerator Program, and various CTE programs in the Central Valley. Gary holds a Master of Business Administration from Chapman University. Gary started BCI in 2013 in Modesto.

    Chris Eddings, Instructor

    Chris is a credentialed instructor who has worked in education for the past 7 years. He is also a certified Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional (LBBP). His  professional background includes experience in education, environmental health & safety, and sales.