Curtis L. Ivery, chancellor of Detroit-based Wayne County Community College District, has been appointed to a national task force designed to help train 16,000 apprentices across 80 colleges over a three-year period. The plan is part of the Expanding Community College Apprenticeships initiative launched by the American Association of Community Colleges and the U.S. Department of Labor.
The initiative will also work with large businesses from the private sector to develop new apprenticeship models or expand existing programs to train another 4,000 apprentices over the same time period.
The task force will identify, validate, and promote successful apprenticeship models and work-based learning programs. It may also serve as incubators for testing models, programs, and metrics.
“I am honored to be appointed to a task force that is focused on expanding access to vital workplace education and creating tens of thousands of rewarding jobs across the nation,” says Ivery. “Our mission has always been to help people create better lives through higher education. This program fits well within that mission and promises to help provide a highly skilled workforce for our region.”
About 91 percent of those who complete apprenticeships are still employed with little to no educational debt nine months later, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
The Wayne County Community College District has six campuses and 70,000 credit and non-credit students. Under Ivery’s leadership, the district has created more than 120 workforce development, career, and academic programs to help retrain workers for careers in emerging-sector industries.
Ivery has also assembled academic, community, business, and government leaders through roundtables, think tanks, and conferences that develop strategies to expand educational equity and economic mobility.