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New director named to lead arts and technology center

Jamon Alexander, the new president and CEO of West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT), says he aims to lead the nonprofit’s programs for teens and adults through the challenges of cultural change brought on by the pandemic.

WMCAT recently named Alexander to head the agency, which provides visual arts and digital media programs for high school students and tuition-free career training for adults. Alexander for the past six years was director of Workforce Development at WMCAT, offering support and training to adults seeking living-wage careers in health care. 

“Being from and of Grand Rapids, I’m deeply invested in economic security with families as a foundation for community prosperity,” Alexander said in a press release. “With the pandemic shifting the cultures of learning and work, our next challenge is exploring the future of opportunity to ensure equitable outcomes with individuals and families. I’m looking forward to this challenge with our team.”

Prior to WMCAT, Alexander led fundraising and volunteer efforts at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health Foundation and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Heart of West Michigan United Way. He is a graduate of Ottawa Hills High School and Grand Valley State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration.

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