GRCC president named to state talent creation panel

Dec. 20, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink to a statewide committee focused on helping residents gain in-demand skills for rewarding jobs and preparing for rapidly changing workforce demands.

Pink was appointed to a three-year term on the 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee, joining educators from universities, community colleges and intermediate school and K-12 districts.

The subcommittee will work with the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, which includes industry executives, labor leaders, educators, lawmakers and representatives of state agencies. It will focus on changing demands for skills and how collaboration with educators can more quickly prepare residents for rapidly changing workplaces.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to work with educators from across Michigan, and give West Michigan a voice in how we prepare people today and into the future,” Pink said. “The rate of change in our workplaces will be dramatic. We need to be nimble, adapting to these changes and being ready to work with employer partners to provide new skills and create an expectation of lifelong learning and continuing education.” 

In 2017, Snyder toured GRCC’s Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program with U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. The program is a partnership with three area hospitals, Muskegon Community College and West Michigan Works!

Pink was appointed to a three-year term on the subcommittee, along with Alpena Superintendent John VanWagoner; Northern Michigan University Associate Dean Joe Lubig; and Megan Schrauben, executive director of the MiSTEM Network for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.

Alycia Meriweather, deputy superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District; Russ Kavalhuna, president of Henry Ford College; and Mark Pogliano, principal at the Jackson Area Career Center; were appointed to two-year terms. Snyder announced the subcommittee appointments and selections for other boards and councils on Wednesday.

“I thank this group for their commitment to cultivating talent as well as the health and safety of all Michiganders,” Snyder said.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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