Girard Melancon HeadshotBaton Rouge Community College Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions, Girard Melancon, Ph.D., has been elected by the National Skills Coalition (NSC) to serve as the board’s Vice Chair for this year. NSC fights for policies that invest in the skills training of America’s workers to enhance access to a better life while helping local businesses see sustained growth. 

“It is a tremendous honor to be voted in as the Vice Chair. I am excited to have the opportunity to help this wonderful organization continue its growth and positive impact on our business sectors and various citizens throughout the United States,” said Melancon. “The National Skills Coalition Board comprises some very accomplished individuals who have dedicated their lives to building inclusive workforce pathways with businesses and industries across our nation. Every time we meet as a board, I am amazed at what the organization is accomplishing with strategic leadership, staff dedication, and excellent partnerships.”

Dr. Melancon stated that serving on the board as Vice Chair allows him the opportunity to develop strategies with some of the brightest minds from business and industry, community colleges, chambers, foundations, and employee groups. The ideas gathered from meetings are shared with leaders at BRCC and the Baton Rouge area workforce community. He also emphasized the importance of utilizing this information to educate policymakers regarding best practices for industry partners and hardworking individuals to stay competitive in the global market. 

Dr. Melancon has more than 20 years of experience working with sector-based workforce training programs that serve the needs of communities throughout Louisiana. In 2019, he received the NSC Skills Champion Award for his work with policymakers, mentorship of colleagues, and developing partnerships to fill gaps in the workforce needs.   

NSC is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and industry has the skills to compete and prosper. It is governed by a Board of Directors drawn from the ranks of business, labor, community colleges, community-based organizations, and the public workforce system. NSC has more than 28,000 members that represent organizations in every state.