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Janis “Jan” Karazim

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Janis “Jan” Karazim is the WIN Workforce Program Manager for all State of Michigan initiatives which currently include MiLEAP, MiREACH, and MiREV.

After transitioning from the healthcare industry in 1999, Jan has accumulated 22 years of post-secondary education experience at three Michigan community colleges. She has served 12 years as a workforce dean with leadership responsibility in Health Sciences, Human Services, Manufacturing, Computer IT, Business, Public Safety, Aviation, Agriculture, and job-related workforce training for incumbent workers, including over 30 U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship programs. Prior to her role as dean, Jan served 10 years as tenured faculty member for a community college radiography program.

Jan is passionate about the power of partnerships. She has worked with students, faculty and staff while routinely engaging with employers, economic developers, grant funding entities, state organizations, accreditors, K-12 school districts, non-profits and other post-secondary colleges and universities to foster partnerships addressing the educational and economic needs at local, regional and state levels.  Jan is especially proud of her participation in bringing the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) -Michigan Educational Programs in Collaboration, (MiEPIC) Consortium, formerly known as the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium to fruition. She also led an effort in the Jackson community to develop a strategic plan that prepares the workforce for Industry 4.0 technologies, guided by the employer-driven Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) industry credentialing system, and continues to actively engage across the state to advance healthcare apprenticeships through innovative collaboration.

Jan earned an associate of applied science degree from Jackson College, bachelor and master degrees from Spring Arbor University, and in 2013, a doctoral degree in community college leadership from Ferris State University.

In her free time she enjoys walks in nearby Cascades Park, watching YouTube videos on just about everything, and socializing with close friends.