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CLC hires manufacturing grant director
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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Marlene Mixa of Grand Rapids has accepted the temporary, fulltime post of director of strategic grant initiatives effective Jan. 2, to be based on the Staples campus of Central Lakes College (CLC).

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The work includes 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 chief financial officers 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 has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She has 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.

“Very importantly, she brings four years of experience in managing complex Department of Labor grants in her most recent position at Pine Technical College,” said Jeff Wig, outgoing CLC dean of career and technical programs and Staples campus.

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