Bloom New Director of Financial Aid and Admissions at Cerro Coso

William Bloom

Cerro Coso Community College announces the appointment of William Bloom as the director of Financial Aid and Admissions and Records.

Bloom started his vocation in higher education after a career in the private sector. He worked for the University of New Mexico as a Financial Aid and Scholarships Manager and taught Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences part-time. He went on to serve as the Director of Financial Aid at Angelo State University in Texas for three years, prior to moving to California where he most recently worked as the Associate Dean for Financial Aid and Scholarships at Santa Monica College.

Bloom, who assumed his appointment in January, comes with an extensive background in both financial aid and admissions. “At the two-year level, I have found that our students need us and our services much more to help them persist and graduate,” stated Bloom. “I value that and it motivates me daily.” 

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences, ABD from the University of New Mexico, Bloom holds a Master's in Public Administration and Human Resource Management from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Bethel College. His doctoral research focused on nontraditional students and the challenges encountered in public higher education.

“I am thrilled about Bill's appointment,” said Heather Ostash, Vice President of Student Services. “His vast experience in higher education, collaborative leadership style, and deeply caring attitude will benefit our students and their families tremendously.”

Bloom and his wife Sharon will make Ridgecrest their home.

Cerro Coso Community College is a two year public California Community College responsible for providing higher educational opportunities for the widely separated desert, mountain, and valley communities within a sweeping 18,000 mile, four county region of eastern California. The college officially opened in Ridgecrest in the fall of 1973, and within the year began expanding its service area to include the present region. As an institution, Cerro Coso, has a long history of valuing students as individuals with unique capabilities and needs and a teaching- learning process that motives students towards success.