National Skills Coalition is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Girard Melancon, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions at Baton Rouge Community College, as the newest member of NSC's Board of Directors.
Dr. Melancon has spent over two decades developing effective sector-based workforce training programs to help meet the needs of workers and businesses in Louisiana. During his tenure at Baton Rouge Community College, he has grown its workforce education department from serving 350 students to more than 2,500 students yearly.
As a current member of NSC's National Advisory Panel on postsecondary education, Dr. Melancon has helped shape the organization’s Community College Compact (CCC) – a set of four postsecondary policy proposals developed by National Skills Coalition, in consultation with several academic institutions, employers, community-based organizations and workforce development boards, and supported by voters and business leaders. He has been a steward of NSC’s advocacy efforts to get those four policies included in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Dr. Melancon has also been instrumental in helping NSC build out its workforce development policy agenda and advocacy efforts in the South. He has regularly testified before Congress at briefings on Capitol Hill and is also a strong advocate for the organization’s Voices for Skills campaign. Earlier this year, he received NSC’s 2019 Skills Champion Award for his strong leadership and commitment to advancing meaningful skills policy.
“We are very fortunate to have Girard as a member of our board,” said Andy Van Kleunen, CEO of National Skills Coalition. “His voice, leadership, and wealth of experience in developing education and training programs is a tremendous asset to our organization’s mission to expand educational and economic opportunities for working families, help meet the workforce needs of businesses, and keep America competitive in a 21st century economy.”
As a former Board President of the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE), Dr. Melancon helped develop a strategic partnership between NCWE and NSC to build out the Business Leaders United (BLU) network by engaging the business partners of NCWE’s member colleges to advocate for higher education policies that are more responsive to the needs of students and businesses.
“This is a great honor for me,” said Dr. Girard Melancon. “I have the utmost respect for Andy and this dynamic and progressive board. The ongoing partnership between NSC and NCWE is key to helping us create more effective policies for all our workforce communities and industries. Most of all, everyone at NSC inspires me to do more in my local community and I look forward to working with the board to ensure that every worker, every industry, and every community has the support they need to succeed.”