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 2014 Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership Award 

Working together, community colleges and industry are closing the skills gap by training workers for high-demand careers. The Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership Award finalists show how innovative industry collaboration can advance the mission of their institutions and the economic prosperity of their communities.


2014 Finalists




Cristobal Valdez

Edison Community College (Maryland)

The partnership between Edison Community College and Emerson Climate Technologies leverages talent and resources to advance the missions of both organizations, and to improve the region’s economic viability.

Sonny White

Midlands Technical College (South Carolina)

Michelin North America, Inc. expected 500 new job openings for hard-to-fill positions in its Lexington, South Carolina, facility. The company was already facing a critical need for industrial maintenance technicians. Michelin turned to Midlands Technical College (MTC) to help develop a pipeline of technical talent.

Anne Kress

Monroe Community College (New York)

In Rochester, New York, world-class optics laboratories contribute to the economic vitality of the region. The demand for skilled optics technicians is on the rise, outpacing the supply of trained workers. It made sense, then, for Corning, a worldwide leader in specialty glass and ceramics, to partner with Monroe Community College (MCC), which has the oldest optics system technology program in the nation.

Daniel Obara

Westmoreland County Community College (Pennsylvania)

The ShaleNET job training program at Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) is filling the need for workers in the growing natural gas industry. To make the program successful, WCCC has a host of partners, including 20 higher and secondary educational institutions, more than 125 regional gas company employers, state workforce investment boards, and regional economic and community development agencies.

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