Meet the Associate Vice President

Joy Callahan

Photo of Joy Callahan, Associate Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at Johnston Community College


Associate Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development


Workforce Development Center Campus
Primary Building on Campus, Room 1004

(919) 209-2027


MaED – East Carolina University
BSBE – East Carolina University
AA – Peace College

Certifications/Licensure/Professional Associations

  • Leadership North Carolina
  • Leadership Johnston County
  • NC Community College Leadership Program
  • LERN Certified Program Planner

Professional Organizations and Activities


  • Capital Area Workforce Board
  • Johnston County Transportation Advisory Board
  • Smithfield Selma Chamber of Commerce Economic Development
  • Clayton Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development


  • NC Community College Adult Educators Association
  • North Carolina Economic Development Association
  • Rotary Club of Central Johnston County

Professional Experience

Joy Callahan joined Johnston Community College in March 1999 as the Director of Industry Training.  In 2005, she became the Department Chair of Business & Industry and also the Director of the Workforce Development Center and in 2011 became the Dean of Economic and Workforce Development.  In July of 2018 she became the Dean of Workforce Development and Advanced Technologies

Joy was instrumental in the design and construction of the Johnston County Workforce Development Center in Clayton, She also partnered with Caterpillar, Johnston County and Wake County Public Schools to develop the Caterpillar pre-apprenticeship program and is currently working with several industries in Johnston County to form an apprenticeship consortium.  In 2004, she led a group of volunteers to begin Junior Leadership Johnston County, developing high school juniors in leadership opportunities throughout the County.