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Workforce Education leader takes part in national conversation.

Girard Melancon, PhDBATON ROUGE, LA -- On Feb. 7, BRCC's Executive Director for Workforce Education, Girard Melancon, PhD is participating as a member of The Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus held in Conjunction with the National Skills Coalition, in Washington, DC.

This year's theme, "A Job-Driven Community College Compact for Today's Students," seeks to address how America's community and technical colleges play a critical and growing role in ensuring that workers and employers have the skills to compete, despite federal policies not being structured to support them.

In the briefing, community college and business leaders will share how they are responding to the demands of today's economy through innovative strategies, and highlight the need for a new federal policy that invests in partnerships between community colleges and local industries while providing critical support for working adults and other non-traditional students.

Melancon's experience includes the notable growth of BRCC's workforce education department over the last four years, expanding from the service of 350 students to meeting the needs of over 2500 students a year. He also serves as an executive board member for The National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE). In prior positions, he served as an executive with the Office of Juvenile Justice and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Melancon is joined at the briefing by Kim Becicka - Vice President, Continuing Education and Training Services at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Laurie Moran - President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, Blairs, Va.; Kermit Kaleba - Federal Policy Director for the National Skills Coalition, Washington, DC.; and Bill H. Stovall, III - Executive Director of the Arkansas Community Colleges, Little Rock, Ark.