Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions, Girard Melancon, Ph.D., has been appointed by the National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) to a national Industry Recovery Panel that will influence federal recovery policies for the Biden Administration and new Congress in the coming months.
Different industries have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. Recognizing this, the Biden Administration and new Congress are poised to make significant investments in industry-specific economic recovery policies. Between March and July, Melancon will join other business leaders, labor leaders, college leaders and industry training providers to shape policies and ensure they include investments in workforce training and support, so that workers and businesses can adapt to structural shifts within their industries.
“I’m honored to be invited to join the Industry Recovery Panel by the National Skills Coalition and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships,” said Melancon. “COVID-19 has impacted so many of our business and industry partners. I look forward to participating in these critical conversations as we develop and shape policies that will ensure we are supporting our workforce and their recovery efforts, and also providing a voice and lending support for the petrochemical jobs and industries in our region.”
NSC and BLU are convening four Industry Recovery Panels, which include a Healthcare Panel, Manufacturing Panel, Infrastructure Panel, and Retail/Hospitality Panel. Melancon will participate on the Manufacturing Panel, which will shape the Biden Administration’s Made in All of America initiative.
Each Industry Recovery Panel will provide specific feedback to NSC and BLU for an Inclusive Economic Recovery federal policy agenda and will meet with White House advisors, agency leaders and congressional leaders on industry specific recovery efforts. Descriptions of the four Industry Recovery Panels are below:
- Healthcare Panel: Will help shape the Biden Administration’s caregiving workforce initiative and related
policies through meetings with the Department of Health and Human Services and Congressional
- Manufacturing Panel: Will help shape the Biden Administration’s Made in All of America initiative and related
policies through meetings with the Department of Commerce and Congressional leadership.
- Infrastructure Panel: Will shape the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better initiative and other major
infrastructure proposals through meetings with White House advisors, the Departments
of Energy and Transportation, and Congressional leadership.
- Retail/Hospitality Panel: As two of the hardest hit industries, this taskforce will inform the Biden Administration’s recovery taskforce through meetings with White House advisors, Department of Labor, and Congressional leadership.