Marlene Mixa of Grand Rapids has accepted the temporary, full-time post of director of strategic grant initiatives effective Jan. 2, to be based on the Staples campus of Central Lakes College with oversight of the three-year, $13.1 million federal Regional Advanced Manufacturing Retraining Grant Program that involves CLC and three other higher education institutions.
The partnership includes CLC, Pine Technical College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and the 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence.
Mixa will work with more than 30 faculty and staff, and CFOs on a project that will impact up to 3,900 students and participants. She will oversee a $4.3 million annual budget and the development of intra-agency agreements with partner institutions.
Mixa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Carleton College and a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She comes to CLC with 23 years of experience in manufacturing as an engineer for Blandin Paper and in research and product development for paper companies in Maryland, Kentucky and Minnesota.
Mixa has been involved in academia throughout her career and has served as a college instructor, a member and chair of various education advisory boards, an academic team coach and a student recruiter and mentor. She leaves a position as H2P grant project manager at Pine Technical College.