Joan LeClercq-Rotar was hired in the spring of 1967 as one of the original full-time faculty members before classes officially began. She was involved in the preparation for the opening of the college in September of that year at the temporary Serra Campus on Washington Boulevard in Fremont. She was also involved the planning for and move to the permanent Fremont Campus on Mission Boulevard in 1974. Joan retired in June 2000, after 33 years of dedicated and accomplished service. Upon her retirement, she was granted Emeritus status.
Joan contributed significantly in the creation and development of the business curriculum and programs. She was an outstanding instructor in courses such as shorthand, keyboarding, business English, business communication, office procedures, and machine transcription. She played a major role in establishing a self-paced shorthand program and updating the self-paced keyboarding lab. Joan demonstrated her commitment to education by cross-training to teach Techniques of College Reading in the English Department.
Joan maintained excellent community and professional relationships with members of the Business Office Technology Advisory Committee, the Business Departments of the local high schools, and the California Business Education Association.
Joan made professionalism and excellence the hallmarks of her distinguished career, demonstrating integrity and dignity during her tenure as an educator.