Executive Director Advanced Manufacturing and Technical Centers
Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD)
Dallas, TX 75215
Nick Graff has extensive experience in Project Management, Sales/Marketing, Leadership Customer Service, Training, Team Building, Curriculum Design/Development, Budgeting, Grant Writing and Consultation in the public and private sectors. With a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Iowa State University, he began working in Television Broadcasting including: Reporting, Anchoring, Production and (Social) Media Presentation. He has taken coursework towards his MBA.
In March of 2016, Graff was named the Executive Director, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers for the prestigious seven-campus Dallas County Community College District. He will lead and oversee the development of Economic Development-driving programs and training to help lower the extreme rates of the population living in poverty within Dallas County and the Metroplex.
Graff previously worked for Anoka Technical College in Anoka MN, a NW suburb of Minneapolis, heading up the Manufacturing Technology and Industrial Engineering initiative within Customized Training. Graff put the program “on the map” to compete with the top Manufacturing and Trades departments in MN and the Midwest predominantly through the highly-successful and nationally-recognized Precision Sheet Metal and Fabrication Academy. The PSM and Fab. Program trained students who filled nearly 500 jobs in Minnesota.
Graff was twice recognized by his peers within MNSCU; (MN State Colleges and Universities) in 2010 for the “Exemplary Program Award” and the 2013 “Individual Achievement Award.”
Graff is/was active in additional regional and national Manufacturing Associations, serving as the Chair of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) Certified Education Centers (CECs), Member of the Board of Directors for the MN Precision Manufacturing Association and their Education Foundation (MPMA) as well as MN’s statewide Dream it Do It Committee.
Civic Activities include:
Founding and chairing the Davis Graff Memorial Trust Fund, a 501(C)(3) which honored the memory of their infant son, raised funds through various activities including an annual golf event which donated more than $100K to children with developmental disabilities in TX and MN schools, churches and hospitals.