By Paulette Parker, News Editor
and Taylor Robinson, Staff Writer
- College hires advanced transportation director
Alan Lecz, previously director of employer strategies at the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan, was hired as the director for WCC’s prospective Advanced Transportation Center. He will be paid $104,000 annually.
- WCC receives $3 million skilled trades grant
As a part of Gov. Snyder’s $50 million skilled trades grant program, WCC will receive $3 million to purchase equipment for educational programs that emphasize high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations.
- Board approves VPI search firm contract
The board of trustees approved a $53,000 contract with RPA Inc. to aid in the search for a new vice president of instruction. It is expected that a permanent VPI be in place for the start of the fall 2015 semester.
- Amendments to affirmative action policy approved
Amendments to the policy include an emphasis on nondiscrimination against any person “because of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” The changes add that women and minorities employed by the college align with the employed population of Washtenaw County.
- Board approves amendments to investment policy
Previously, community colleges were permitted by law to invest only in bonds, bills or notes of only the U.S. Treasury or the State of Michigan http://www.michigan.gov/treasury. Recent changes to the law allow the policy to change to permit investments in local governments, municipalities, school districts and other qualified, local investments to attain higher rates of return.