June 20, 2022

Dr. Cerny Part of Esteemed Panel

Billboard reads: "Conference of Western Wayne Business Leadership Banquet"

Community colleges will be focus of Western Wayne Business Leadership Banquet

Dr. Glenn Cerny, President of Schoolcraft College, will join other community college leaders on the panel of the 2022 Western Wayne Business Leadership Banquet on Tuesday, October 4. 

Held at The Henry, Autograph Collection, in Dearborn, this prestigious and influential gathering brings together Western Wayne’s business and political leaders in a forum designed to connect people to initiatives and opportunities across metro Detroit.

Dr. Cerny will be joined by Dr. Curtis Ivery, Chancellor, Wayne County Community College District; and Russell Kavalhuna, President, Henry Ford College. Jackie Paige, WWJ 950-AM, will moderate the conversation.

“Workforce is the No. 1 issue for all industries right now, and the community colleges have an important voice in helping us with that challenge,” said Dan West, President and CEO of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to hearing from these college leaders and connecting them with our region’s industry leaders.”

Dr. Cerny speaking at a podium
Dr. Glenn Cerny, President of Schoolcraft College, will join other community college leaders on the panel of this year’s Western Wayne Business Leadership Banquet.

Schoolcraft College’s ongoing partnerships and dialogue with area businesses help to expand program offerings, inform important curriculum updates and better prepare students to enter the workforce. The American Association of Community Colleges Awards of Excellence program recently recognized Schoolcraft nationally in these areas.

Schoolcraft College was a finalist in Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership and was the only Michigan community college named a finalist in this category.

The new Health Sciences Center (HSC), which officially opened this spring, is the latest example of the outstanding collaboration the College has forged with area businesses to create a win-win solution for students and partners

Built on the site of the former Applied Science building, the HSC added 36,700 square feet to the existing 74,100 square feet, of which about 56% was renovated. 

The 110,800-square-foot facility strengthens the College’s commitment to students in the health sciences and will provide a pipeline of talented graduates who are much needed by area healthcare providers. Trinity Health Michigan, Beaumont Health, Michigan Medicine and Henry Ford Health System all have facilities in Livonia or near Schoolcraft College, including the on-campus Livonia Medical Center. 

“I’m honored to be a member of the panel at the Western Wayne Business Leadership Banquet and am very much looking forward to what I believe will be an interesting, engaging and meaningful conversation about what community colleges have to offer and how we serve our students and the community,” Dr. Cerny said.

The 2022 Western Wayne Business Leadership Banquet is presented by Beaumont Health in partnership with the Livonia Chamber of Commerce and the Conference of Western Wayne.

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