Dr. Melancon is the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions at Baton Rouge Community College, the latest stage in an over 20-year career of developing sector-based workforce training programs that effectively serve the needs of Louisiana’s working residents and businesses. During his time at Baton Rouge CC, he has grown its workforce education department from serving 350 students to over 2500 students annually while generating over $2 million in annual revenue, with new industry-based initiatives in the areas of allied healthcare, IT and Cyber Security.
Prior to his work at the college, Girard served in state government as an advisor to Governor Bobby Jindal, and at the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the state’s Office of Juvenile Justice. In these positions he leveraged state and federal funding to provide educational reform and workforce development opportunities to at-risk and disadvantaged populations in the State of Louisiana.
Girard has also been an active advocate for the need to expand education and training options for a range of working people. He is the outgoing Board President of the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE), a 700-member network of workforce service leaders at our nation’s community colleges. And he has been a regular leader in National Skills Coalition’s efforts to press federal officials from both parties to bring greater priority to workforce education informed by a sector-focused, business engagement strategy.