ICCTA Business/Industry Partnership Award
North American Lighting Company
Nominated by Kaskaskia College
Since 1995, Kaskaskia College and North
American Lighting Company have worked together to improve the skills base
of more than 300 NAL employees.
Two associate degrees (in industrial technology and business management)
have been developed for NAL workers, with the company picking up the tuition,
fees and books of those receiving grades of "C" or higher.
ICCTA past president Rich Anderson (second
from left) presents the 2002 Business/Industry Partnership Award
to representatives of North American Lighting Company and Kaskaskia College.
Employees also qualify for pay
incentives and promotions upon the successful completion of classes.
"There is no other business in our district that perceives the value of
their employees so highly," says Kelly Bennett, Kaskaskia's director of
business and industry.
In addition, Kaskaskia has provided several customized training programs at the
company's base in Salem, Illinois. NAL pays Kaskaskia directly for the training,
thereby eliminating an administrative burden on the employee. The program, which
has led to increased productivity and pay increases for employees and has heightened
interest in other Kaskaskia courses and programs, was supported by the Illinois
A similar program has been extended to workers at NAL's Flora facility with the
cooperation of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.
For additional information on ICCTA's Business/
Industry Partnership Award, please contact
Kim Villanueva at 217-528-2858, ext. 1.
Illinois Community College Trustees Association|
401 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
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