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CCCCD Training Program Receives National Award



CCCCD Training Program Receives National Award

December 17 , 2002 - Collin County Community College District, in cooperation with the Allen Economic Development Corporation, received national honors from Business Facilities Magazine, a leading resource on business expansion and relocation. The college took third place in the Workforce Training Initiatives Special Programs category and earned the "2002 Economic Development Achievement Award" for developing and implementing customized training programs for companies based in Allen, Texas.

Last year, CCCCD partnered with the Allen, Frisco and Plano economic development corporations, their chambers of commerce and 17 small to mid-sized companies in those cities and launched the Workforce Training Consortium (WTC). Funded by a Skills Development Fund Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the consortium identified training needs and the college offered customized training to each of the 17 companies. In Allen, CCCCD trained more than 1,000 employees at 11 companies.

The college developed more than 100 courses that were offered in a variety of formats and levels, depending on employee needs. Employees received training in areas such as communication, foreign language, high-tech industrial, information technology, management and OSHA/Safety.

"As a participant in the Workforce Training Consortium 2002, we have witnessed firsthand the major impact training has in our industries," said Charisse Reaume, executive director of the Allen EDC. "The far-reaching impact to our community underscores how important workforce development is to creating and maintaining a skilled workforce. The partnership with Collin County Community College is a vital component of our economic development efforts."

The customized training programs were held over 15 months. Marie Piet, who served as the grant coordinator for the WTC Skills Grant, said that the skills development allowed employees to improve their knowledge and meet advancing technology needs. "We were thrilled at the opportunity to showcase the college's capabilities in providing quality professional development to area companies," said Piet.

According to Jennifer Grimm, marketing director for the Allen EDC, each Allen-based company received an estimated $75,000 in training for employees. "The award is a testament to the wonderful resources we have in Collin County," said Grimm. "The consortium has now been recognized twice for their training initiatives - first by the Texas Economic Development Corporation and now by Business Facilities Magazine."

Collin County Community College District serves more than 37,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, through the Business Solutions Group, CCCCD partners with business, government and industry to provide customized training and workforce development. The college is a Microsoft IT Academy and one of only nine Cisco Academy Training Centers in the world.

For more information on customized training programs, call the CCCCD Business Solutions Group at (972) 599-3130 or visit bsg.ccccd.edu .