Jason Slade

In this executive role, Jason Slade leads the execution of the college's new strategic plan, NMC Next, as the college works to meet the future needs of its learners and the community. Slade also oversees workforce and professional development, as well as University Center partnerships. Prior to this role, Slade was the Director of the Technical Academic Area, which focused on industry-driven education including automotive, construction trades, engineering technology, marine technology, manufacturing, surveying, welding, unmanned aerial systems, apprenticeships, and more. These programs serve more than 300 students a semester. Pathways to the workforce include internships, apprenticeships, and graduation. He previously served as a faculty member in the Engineering Technology program. Slade serves on the executive board for Newton's Road (focused on STEM education and awareness) and is a member of various advisory and career readiness committees throughout the region including the Career and Education Advisory Committee (CEAC). He has strong ties to the community and is an advocate for career and technical education. Slade has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. Previous career experience includes program coordinator and lead faculty for the Electronics and Electrical Program at Mott Community College (Flint, MI) and electrical engineer in the automotive industry.  

Passion: Jason's passion is connecting students and the community with high-demand careers in technology. Like any good engineer, he sees an opportunity to build an even more effective network to support students and businesses in order to expand employment opportunities and fuel a thriving Grand Traverse region. He’s excited to collaborate with other leaders across all sectors to achieve this goal! 

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Northwest Michigan College


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