GRCC Hires Work Force Director

    GRAND RAPIDS — In an effort to better prepare its students for the changing work force, Grand Rapids Community College has named Andrew Bowne as its new executive director of work force training and economic development.

    Bowne is expected to assume his new position on June 16 and comes to GRCC from Shape Corp. in Grand Haven, where he served as the training and organizational development manager.

    Prior to joining Shape, Bowne served for six years as executive director, operations officer and training education director for the Association of Commerce and Industry in Grand Haven.

    Bowne holds a doctor of education degree in educational leadership with a concentration in human resource development from Western Michigan University.

    GRCC President Juan Olivarez was confident in his choice of Bowne and said the selection was made because of Bowne’s excellent skills and qualifications, as well as his enthusiasm.

    “Of all our strong candidates, Andy stood out as understanding where we need to go in order to provide students with the most current and thorough preparation for today’s changing work force,” said Olivarez. “He is sure to help GRCC in serving our community.”

    Velvie Green, dean of the School of Workforce Development, cited Bowne’s particular combination of knowledge and experience as an asset to the college.

    “I am confident that his balanced management and teaching experience, his strong analytical skills, his understanding of the value of quality and his very effective interpersonal communication skills will prove invaluable to GRCC in general (and) to our work force training and economic development programs in particular,” said Green.   

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