Onondaga Community College has appointed Michael Metzgar to serve as Associate Vice President, Economic & Workforce Development. He was chosen from a field of candidates following a national search.
Metzgar has more than 15 years of experience in academics and workforce education. Since 2010 he has worked as the Executive Director of Workforce Development and Career Education at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. Metzgar holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Metzgar’s expertise in workforce development will be utilized while overseeing the College’s implementation of a $2.5 million dollar Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The focus of the grant is an agribusiness and food-processing program which will encompass food science and safety, production and processing, distribution and logistics, supervisory training and hospitality. The College will partner with numerous local businesses. OCC was the only college in New York State selected to participate in the nationwide $2 billion fund for job training programs at colleges.
As the leader of the Economic & Workforce Development department Metzgar will also oversee non-credit programs, business workforce courses, corporate training, and the Small Business Development Center.