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 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. Download the full Awards of Excellence booket [PDF] or view it on Issuu.

2013 Finalists

Kenneth Ender

Harper College

For 25 years, Harper College and Motorola Solutions have benefitted from a partnership that leverages talent and resources to advance the missions of both the college and the company.


Janice Gilliam


Northeast State Community College

When it comes to preparing the next generation of advanced manufacturing workers, Northeast State Community College and Eastman Chemical Company stand shoulder-to-shoulder. These partners are providing the region’s citizens with opportunities that lead to better jobs, better pay, and a better way of life.

Edwin Massey

Indian River State College

A dynamic partnership between Indian River State College, Florida Power & Light, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is helping to build a pipeline of highly-trained workers for the nuclear industry.

Gayle Saunders

Richland Community College

Richland Community College and Archer Daniels Midland are working together to ensure that the United States remains competitive in the global clean energy economy.

Michael Chipps

Northeast Community College

When Nucor, the largest steel and steel products company in the nation, introduced the detailing center to the region in 2005, Northeast Community College quickly responded by committing to double the drafting enrollment size to prepare students for NDC careers. Now, 60% of Nucor employees are Northeast graduates.



Read more about each finalist's CEO/Board collaboration in the Community College Times.


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