Richard Greenleaf brings more than 40 years of experience to Montcalm Community College as its new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Coordinator.
He joined MCC in August because he wanted to contribute to the advanced manufacturing industry and make a difference in how students are taught. He is working to improve the college’s advanced manufacturing curriculum by collaborating with other instructors, students and local professionals to meet the training needs of area manufacturers.
Before coming to MCC, Greenleaf worked at General Motors for 31 years where he held several positions before retiring in 2005. He also was a part-time instructor at Lansing Community College in the automotive technologies program for 11 years. Most recently, he was an instructor and machine shop coordinator at Mid Michigan Community College for two years. He has four associate degrees from Lansing Community College and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) from Siena Heights University, and he has earned three journeymen cards.
Greenleaf credits several of his colleagues for their work in strengthening relationships with local manufacturers and growing the college’s apprenticeship programs. He says his work is aimed at supporting these efforts.
“My goal is to have my students leave my class with something they did not have in their possession when they first came to my class.”
— Richard Greenleaf
“The businesses in the area are very supportive of the program and the potential it has,” Greenleaf says. “The college’s leaders are committed to making the program relevant for the area, the region and the state.
“Coming from within the industry, I know manufacturing companies need assistance training employees so they have the skills necessary to help the companies prosper and grow. I feel I can contribute to that cause here at MCC,” Greenleaf adds. “I want to concentrate on MCC’s programs and make them the best they can be.”
Greenleaf teaches Basic CNC, Industrial Safety, Basic Fluid Power, Advanced Hydraulics, Advanced Pneumatics, Manufacturing Processes and Industrial Quality Control.
“My goal is to have my students leave my class with something they did not have in their possession when they first came to my class,” he says.
With that goal in mind, he ensures his students understand the topics he teaches by making them relatable to their lives.
“This means I have to know the students, where they are in their education, what life experience they have had and what interests they may have. With this knowledge I can create a lesson that includes those things so it may reach the students on a level that they can relate to,” he says.
Greenleaf describes teaching as a “balancing act” because while he reaches out to struggling students, he also has the responsibility to focus on the other students in the classroom as well.
Greenleaf resides in Dewitt with his wife, Denise. They have five sons.
- Samantha Mack