director of business outreach and services. In this role, he will lead the effort to serve
the business community’s training needs. Aivars has worked in business services in the
region for over 30 years.
“Paul brings a great deal of community college business outreach experience to Glen
Oaks. We are excited about having Paul come aboard,” said Dr. David Devier,
president of Glen Oaks Community College.
Aivars began the position on June 15. “I’m looking forward to working with the
businesses and organizations in St. Joseph County,” said Aivars, “With the upturn in
the economy, the timing is right to work with our business partners to create customized training programs to
meet their needs.”
A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Aivars has a bachelor’s in distributive education from Western Michigan
University and a master’s in organizational management from Spring Arbor University.
Aivars was previously employed as a training manager at Kellogg Community College, and as a senior
organizational development professional at MPI Research in Mattawan, Michigan. He also worked as the
assistant director of training and development for 18 years at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Aivars is a member of the American Society for Quality and the American Training and Development
He and his wife reside in Portage and have two grown children. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing