RAPIDS, Dec. 20, 2018: Gov.
Rick Snyder has appointed Grand Rapids Community College
President Bill Pink to a statewide committee focused on
helping residents gain in-demand skills for rewarding jobs and
preparing for rapidly changing workforce demands.
Pink was appointed to a
three-year term on the 21st Century Talent Creation
Subcommittee, joining educators from universities, community
colleges and intermediate school and K-12 districts.
The subcommittee will work
with the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, which includes
industry executives, labor leaders, educators, lawmakers and
representatives of state agencies. It will focus on changing
demands for skills and how collaboration with educators can more
quickly prepare residents for rapidly changing workplaces.
“I’m excited about this
opportunity to work with educators from across Michigan, and
give West Michigan a voice in how we prepare people today and
into the future,” Pink said. “The rate of change in our
workplaces will be dramatic. We need to be nimble, adapting to
these changes and being ready to work with employer partners to
provide new skills and create an expectation of lifelong
learning and continuing education.”
In 2017, Snyder toured
GRCC’s Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program with U.S. Labor
Secretary Alexander Acosta. The program is a partnership with
three area hospitals, Muskegon Community College, and
West Michigan Works!
Pink was appointed to a
three-year term on the subcommittee, along with Alpena
Superintendent John VanWagoner; Northern Michigan University
Associate Dean Joe Lubig; and Megan Schrauben, executive
director of the MiSTEM Network for the Michigan Department of
Technology, Management, and Budget.
deputy superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community
District; Russ Kavalhuna, president of Henry Ford
College; and Mark Pogliano, principal at the
Jackson Area Career Center; were appointed to two-year
terms. Snyder announced the subcommittee appointments and
selections for other boards and councils on Wednesday.
“I thank this group for
their commitment to cultivating talent as well as the health and
safety of all Michiganders,” Snyder said.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational
opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years.
Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses,
certification and training programs, and workshops and personal
enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand
Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and
Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.