MCCC Hosting Free Virtual "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion" and "Michigan MIning" Events in July

On Wednesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. Monique Wells', Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DTE, presentation will focus on DTE’s progress in building a workplace where everyone feels valued and able to contribute their best energy toward serving our customers, communities and each other. The DEI presentation will be held via Zoom ( The presentation is free and and the community is invited and encouraged to participate. 

Throughout her career, Wells has has built inclusive and thriving teams. Prior to joining DTE, Wells served as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project Manager at Consumers Energy. In that role, Wells was responsible for supporting the strategic efforts of the inclusion and strategic sourcing department, including the development and deployment of the diversity, equity, and inclusion company-wide strategy, and leading cross-functional teams in the design, implementation, and execution of DEI goals, metrics, and continuous improvement plans.

Wells graduated from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and earned a master's degree in career and technical education from the University of Toledo. She has experience as a production engineer at Dow and an instructor at Toledo Technology Academy. Wells serves on Spring Arbor University’s Engineering Advisory Board, as well as Michigan Tech University College of Engineering’s Advisory Board. She was also a member of CE Women’s Engineering Network (WEN) Steering Committee.

On Tuesday, July 26 at 11 a.m. Dave Gelwicks will discuss his book "Michigan Mining Scrip, Paper of the Northern Michigan Copper and Mining Districts" via Zoom ( Michigan Mining Scrip is a highly regarded reference resource that is historical, educational, informative, interesting and entertaining and covers the period of 1824 - 1963 in Michigan's mining history. This presentation is also free and open to the public. 

Gelwicks graduated from Michigan Tech in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering. Following graduation, he began his steelmaking career in Wilton, IA at North Star Steel Iowa, working as a rolling mill and quality control metallurgist. In 1984 he transferred to the special bar quality division at North Star Steel Michigan where he held positions in technical service as a melt-shop metallurgist, and as a melting and casting foreman.  He spent four years at the North Star Steel wire rod plant in Beaumont, TX.

In 1993, Gelwicks returned to Michigan, accepting a position with Hickman, Williams & Company, a 128 year-old, employee-owned carbon and alloy supplier located in Monroe. For many years, he was the manager of sales to steel melt shops throughout the country. In 2003, Dave was named a vice president and director of the company, then elected president and chief executive officer in 2013.



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Joe Verkennes
Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161

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