Baton Rouge Community College's Dr. Girard Melancon Addresses Important Higher Education Issues

Dr. Melancon Provides Expert Commentary on Two National Panels
By: Dr. Girard Melancon
Dr. Girard Melancon
Dr. Girard Melancon
BATON ROUGE, La. - Nov. 23, 2016 - PRLog -- Girard Melancon, Ph.D., Executive Director for Workforce Education at Baton Rouge Community College was invited to speak during two national events addressing emerging trends and issues in higher education earlier this month. Dr. Melancon first spoke during a professional panel titled, "Programs That Work: Quality Programs Leading to Industry-Recognized Credentials," in Nashville, Tenn. He later participated in a leadership roundtable on the future of workforce education presented by the Emily Griffith Foundation in Denver and Vail, Colo.

The first panel discussion in Nashville focused on how non-degree credentials have taken on increased importance to the U.S. economy in recent years, yet financial aid policies have not evolved to reflect this reality. The expert team of panelist specified that this is due in part to limited agreement on how to verify whether occupational education and training programs are aligned with the needs of industry and are of sufficient quality to justify federal and state aid. The panel explored potential validation mechanisms to gauge the quality of occupational programs, as well as other actionable recommendations that can drive state and federal policies about industry-recognized credentials in the coming years.

The Emily Griffith Technical College and the Emily Griffith Foundation, in keeping with its history of service to citizens and country through workforce education and workforce development, invited Dr. Melancon along with many of the country's most thoughtful leaders in education, business, and students to conduct an in-depth assessment of the forces that will shape the future of the middle class and present bold solutions that will keep America and its people productive, strong and economically sound.

Insights and recommendations from the conference will be captured in a far-reaching Special Report that will be delivered to the 45th United States President-elect Donald Trump and to the legislature in Colorado. A recent economic-impact report regarding the work of the Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) "estimates the total economic and human capital impact of EGTC on the Denver region's economy between 2006 and 2016 to be $2.2 billion."

A graduate of the University of New Orleans, Girard Melancon, Ph.D., has been "on the ground" with emergency relief and workforce retraining for over a decade. Managing millions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina relief and retraining, he was on Governor Bobby Jindal's transition team addressing the economic needs of the working class in Louisiana. In the last four years, Baton Rouge Community College workforce education department has grown from serving 350 students to meeting the needs of more than 2500 students a year. Dr. Melancon also serves as an executive board member for The National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE). In prior positions, Dr. Melancon has served as an executive with the Office of Juvenile Justice and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

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