Dayna Blanchard, a Vermilion Parish native and longtime leader with nearly two decades of experience with the MEP Center, has been named as the next director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana.

Effective March 22, Blanchard will lead MEPOL as it works to help all Louisiana manufacturers grow and compete. As director, she will lead efforts to identify the needs mostly of small and medium-size manufacturers and build MEPOL’s capabilities to meet those needs.

“I am excited about the future of MEPOL with Dayna Blanchard as its leader. I look forward to working with her, the MEP team, our colleges, and the manufacturing community in expanding the competitive advantage of the Louisiana economy,” said Dr. René Cintrón, chief education and training officer of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue working with the LCTCS colleges to collectively assist our manufacturing community in all areas. I look forward to connecting our industry workforce needs with the knowledge and resources of the MEP National Network,” Blanchard stated.

Blanchard held several roles during 18 years with MEPOL where she has been responsible for a number of leadership functions, including adherence to compliance standards, budgetary analysis and reporting, and formulation of organizational positions and performance goals. Most recently, she maximized the yearly federal obligation and led the integration of six community colleges into the foundation of the MEP Center through sub-recipient contracts expanding the service/delivery model to a statewide footprint.

Her previous work experience includes Business Analyst and Accountant at Accenture in Houston, TX and Financial Assistant for the US Geological Sur- vey, National Wetlands Research in Lafayette, LA.

Dayna has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a Kaplan native, lives in Broussard, and has two children.

Originally published in the Abbeville Meridional, 4/28/21