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We thank the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) sponsors who support workforce and economic development innovations and community college advancement:

Download WDI 2013 Sponsor List (PDF).


Accelerate Wraps
Accelerate Wraps was founded by Kevin Breister in late 2010. It moved from an on-campus business incubator and into its first building within a year. Over the last two years Accelerate Wraps has grown to become known as one of the best printing companies in the Midwest working with small businesses, colleges, and Fortune 500 companies. Accelerate Wraps provides the highest-quality large-format prints with fast turnarounds and wonderful customer service.

Amazon Web Services
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud is uniquely positioned to provide scalable, cost-efficient solutions for the education community, while delivering industry-shaping technology and high-performance computing necessary to facilitate the most demanding research projects and course objectives at public and private universities, community colleges and vocational schools, and K-12 schools and districts. With AWS users can requisition compute, storage, and other services on demand, gaining access to a suite of secure, scalable, and flexible IT infrastructure services as an organization needs them. With AWS, people pay only for what they use, making AWS not only the most agile but also the most cost-effective way to deliver applications.

American Council on Education
From its first programs for returning World War II veterans, the American Council on Education (ACE) has assisted adult learners in accessing higher education. A leader in evaluating workplace and military training and occupations, ACE has a long and demonstrated commitment to adult learning. Through a range of programs and services, including ACE CREDIT©, Military Programs, College and University Partnerships, and Veterans’ Programs, ACE’s Center for Lifelong Learning continues to support increasing numbers of contemporary learners in their pursuit of postsecondary credentials.

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all sectors of the lodging industry. With more than 10,000 hotel members, AH&LA is the world’s largest hotel industry association. As the nonprofit training arm of the AH&LA, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) is the premier source for delivering quality hospitality education, training, and professional certification that serve the needs of hospitality schools, workforce centers, and industries worldwide. Recognized as the pre-eminent leader in providing hospitality certification, EI’s comprehensive and cutting-edge training and education programs are supported by industry leaders and experts from across the globe.

Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership whose mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development throughout Appalachia.

Augusoft, Inc.
Augusoft® develops and maintains Lumens®, the first cloud-based enrollment management system designed for the continuing education industry. With Lumens, continuing education programs manage their open enrollment, certificate programs, workforce development, and corporate education businesses all in one system.

California Community College Chancellor’s Office
The California Community College system (CCCCO)—with its 112 community colleges—is answering the call of the nation and the state to close the skills gap and prepare a skilled workforce. Under the unified framework of Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy, the CCCCO Division of Workforce and Economic Development is focused on targeting investment at priority and emergent sectors important to regional economies. Thriving regions lead to a thriving state.

Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative off-the-shelf and customized education and training solutions for workforce training, academic, professional, and library markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster educational excellence and professional development, increase learner engagement, improve learning outcomes, and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Through the company’s unique position within both the campus-based and library markets, Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning and training solutions that can accelerate employment opportunities for in-demand jobs.

Center for Law and Social Policy
Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC), managed by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and AACC, is an initiative to test innovative approaches to increase the number of students earning postsecondary credentials in seven community and technical colleges across the country. BACC will help colleges develop and institutionalize scalable and sustainable organizational and funding policies and practices that connect low-income students to an array of public benefits, such as food assistance and health insurance. BACC is funded by the Ford Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is also contributing to the initiative.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The Creating Commercialization Opportunity at Community Colleges initiative, funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established the Virtual Incubation Network of 11 community colleges to create tools that foster successful commercialization and relationships that stimulate local small business growth and entrepreneurship nationwide.

College Brain Trust
College Brain Trust (CBT) is a national community college consulting firm headed by Dr. George Boggs that has provided a wide variety of consulting services to 45 community colleges in California, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Washington, D.C., and the Northern Mariana Islands. CBT’s core values are innovation, collegiality, and an ability to respond to the unique challenges specific to each client college.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), an affiliate organization of the
OpenCourseWare Consortium, is generously funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and memberships. CCCOER’s mission is to expand access to education and fuel faculty innovation through promoting OER usage and sharing best practices at community and technical colleges worldwide.

CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a nonprofit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, CompTIA focuses its programs on four main areas: education, certification, advocacy, and philanthropy. CompTIA works closely with many community colleges on workforce development programs for individuals wanting to enter the IT workforce.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
In the Maps to Credentials project, funded by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the U.S. Department of Education, three community college partners are designing and piloting credential road maps in select degree and certificate programs to accelerate postsecondary attainment through effective integration of comprehensive prior learning assessment methods. The project is focusing initially on military veterans, a population with college-level skills, and knowledge gained through military service that are essential to the country’s workforce.

CMT (Country Music Television), a unit of Viacom, Inc., launched a new pro-social initiative, CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION, that challenges CMT viewers to pursue postsecondary education. CMT created a one-stop resource providing information on schools, career paths, motivation, and financial resources. CMT has recruited some of music’s biggest names to motivate and inspire viewers with their own education stories, including Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, who are all featured on the site.

Economic Modeling Specialists International
For the past 12 years, Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) has been providing comprehensive
economic impact studies for colleges and universities in the United States and internationally. EMSI also provides high-quality labor market data and analysis, which are used by higher education institutions to better align education and employment for any geography. In 2012, EMSI joined forces with CareerBuilder with the goal to develop stronger data-focused products to help businesses, job-seekers, and higher education institutions get a better handle on the labor market and career opportunities.

Part of Cengage Learning, ed2go is the largest provider of turnkey online training and education solutions serving the adult education, career, and corporate training markets. With more than 2,000 colleges, universities, community-based organizations, and other training providers, ed2go has served more than 2 million students. ed2go’s ever-growing catalog of online courses and career training programs includes basic workforce readiness skills, career-focused high school diplomas, and occupational training focused on industry-recognized credentials.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works to advance entrepreneurship and innovation and improve youth education. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri and supports the Slingshot Networks and initiative.

General Electric
General Electric (GE) is a global leader in advanced manufacturing and the emergence of the Industrial Internet.
From assembling aircraft engines with parts from additive manufacturing processes, to linking humans, machines, and software systems to bring to life new systems never before imagined, GE is creating projects and services with cutting-edge technology. Learn more about Brilliant Machines at

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million, five-year initiative that includes $200 million in business and management education for small business owners offered through community colleges, and provides $300 million to help small businesses access capital.

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
The Community College/Career Collaboration (C4) project is operated by AACC and Goodwill Industries International, Inc., to increase college and career success for low-income adults by documenting, promoting, and replicating successful models throughout Goodwill and community college networks. The project promotes college completion through programs and services for low-income adults, including college readiness, skills training, and advancement.

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAAI) is one of the leading North American salvage auto auctions with the largest
facility footprint, a strong buyer base, and high auction returns. IAAI’s exclusive focus on the automotive total-loss industry and more than 150 corporate-owned facilities across the United States and Canada provide sellers and buyers with the best solution to process and acquire total-loss, recovered-theft, fleet lease, dealer trade-in, and collision-damaged rental vehicles.

Intel Corporation
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. Intel designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

The Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation supports the Building a Green Workforce: Charting a Course for Community Colleges
initiative to advance sustainability and green workforce development practices at community colleges. The project has established the Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center to share innovative models and resources and build the capacity of college administrators, faculty, and staff to contribute as leaders.

Market Motive
Market Motive provides the most up-to-date curriculum content in digital marketing. Its courses are professionally designed, industry recognized, and easily incorporated into workforce development and continuing education programs in as few as two weeks. Market Motive also provides white labeling of its content for integration into academic, for-credit programs. In addition to certification courses, Market Motive offers a variety of short courses that are geared toward small businesses and entrepreneurship.

National Apartment Association Education Institute
The National Apartment Association Education Institute and National Apartment Association—with its 60,000-plus members who manage over 6.6 apartment homes—is pleased to offer diverse training, certification, and career opportunities to new and seasoned workers in a growing and exciting industry. Career paths in apartment leasing, maintenance, and management are well-developed professional areas to advance an individual’s skills in working with and assisting all types of people in their housing needs.

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is a nonprofit organization for educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals to provide quality programs
and services in entrepreneurship education and serve as advocates for an “entrepreneurship movement.”

National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers
The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services.

National Coalition of Certification Centers
The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) was established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions to develop, implement, and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards.

National Council for Continuing Education and Training
The National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET) is committed to providing its members with benefits that keep them up-to-date on new trends, help maintain a personal and professional network, and give access to the latest leading-edge programs throughout the country. NCCET is the premier resource for professionals in continuing education, training, and workforce and economic development. The council is committed to continuous quality improvement and to quality service as a change agent for lifelong learning.

National Institute of Standards and Technology–Hollings
Manufacturing Extension Partnership The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST-MEP) works with small and midsize U.S. manufacturers to help create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. The nationwide network provides a variety of services, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put manufacturers in positions to develop new customers, expand into new markets, and create new products.

National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education
The National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps facilitate partnerships with education institutions, industry, and government. Serving the 50 states, tribal nations, U.S. territories, and insular areas, the PETE network includes more than 400 community, tribal, and technical colleges, representing one third of America’s 2-year institutions.

Pearson Workforce Education
Pearson Workforce Education is a part of Pearson, the world’s leading education company. As an education partner and consultant, Pearson Workforce Education is committed to designing complete, client-driven solutions to help build your workforce. It is a team of world-class education experts, instructional designers, curriculum development experts, education course writers, development editors, and experienced publishers. Pearson Workforce Education provides flexible solutions for each organization’s individual workforce training program needs.

Reingold is a small, full-service communications firm of more than 100 marketing, design, technology, and video production experts based in Alexandria, Virginia. Reingold offers strategic planning, marketing and communications, public and media relations, advertising, graphic design, website development, social media outreach, video production, and management and organizational development services to clients committed to
furthering social objectives. Since 1985, Reingold has helped government, nonprofit, and private-sector clients advance new ideas, establish their market position, engage targeted audiences, and shape public opinion.

Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand tools, power tools, automotive diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, automotive diagnostics software, and other solutions for the transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical.

Social Solutions Social Solutions
Social Solutions is the leading provider of performance management software for the human services sector. Its
Web-based solution, Efforts to Outcomes (ETO™) software, is designed to help workforce agencies coordinate service delivery, case management, and outcomes measurement across multiple programs, service providers, and agencies. ETO software equips workforce development organizations and systems with the ability to collect and analyze real-time performance data at the point of service, to improve placements and retention across programs and providers.

Trane, a business of Ingersoll Rand, provides safe, comfortable, and efficient building solutions with a differentiating portfolio of offerings to help colleges and universities meet their business, sustainability, and environmental goals in a fiscally sensible manner. Trane has over 50 years of experience helping higher education customers, using campus-wide approach saving energy and reducing operational costs helps colleges and universities shift more dollars back into core educational priorities and achieve better financial and operational performance. Trane supports Career and Technical Education (CTE) and is a proud sponsor of NC3, a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances, and validates new and emerging technology skills, providing NC3 members with resources to prepare the next generation of HVAC technicians.

University of Phoenix
The goal of the Community College Center of Excellence at the University of Phoenix is to form collaborative relationships with community colleges that establish clear transfer pathways for community college students. The Center of Excellence is committed to working with community colleges across the nation to positively affect college completion rates and develop a skilled workforce that can meet 21st-century needs. Bringing together community college leaders, local business partners, and diversity organizations with advisers and faculty helps students realize their educational goals and achieve professional success.

Virtual Career Network
The Virtual Career Network (VCN), funded by the U.S. Department of Labor through a competitively awarded grant, provides career exploration and training tools to help job-seekers prepare for a career in healthcare. Serving as an online agent for job-seekers, VCN provides access to everything a person needs to prepare for
a healthcare career. It allows users to set up a career management account and store career preferences and information. In addition, users can find national and local information about healthcare careers and see job listings in their area. VCN tools help users take control of their future!

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports the Mississippi River Consortium, comprised of community college-led workforce and economic development teams in different communities along the Mississippi River that meet regularly to help low-income adults access higher education and sustainable wage employment in these regions and to encourage workforce mobility and establish long-term coordinated employment and training partnerships.

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