ICCTA Business/Industry Partnership Award
2002 AWARD RECIPIENT
North American Lighting Company
Since 1995, Kaskaskia and North American 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. 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.
Association of Record Managers and Administrators / Chicago
Harold Washington College
ARMA represents record managers from both the public and private sectors. Since summer 2000,
Harold Washington has collaborated with ARMA to develop technology training for its members,
many of whom lack even basic computer knowledge. To date, 115 members from 19 Chicago-based
companies have completed the sessions. "The best part of this success story is the
self-confidence that has been instilled in the participants," says ARMA president Connie
Chiagouris. "People stop me at our meetings or at my office to tell me how much they have
benefitted from these classes."
College of DuPage
Comark's partnership with COD began with a cold call in July 2000, when the $1.5 billion
corporation decided to offer its first formal management training program. COD responded
by developing classes tailored to Comark's specific needs. The result was "Quest for Excellence,"
a series of four leadership modules presented in a format to accommodate participants' schedules
and job responsibilities. "With the overwhelming participation and response to the first year's
Quest, we are offering an expanded program for 2002," says Comark vice president Larry Fazzini.
CONAM Inspection, Inc.
Moraine Valley Community College
Taking advantage of the college's existing facilities and the company's expertise in
non-destructive testing, Moraine Valley and CONAM jointly opened an NDT Training Center
in 2001. The partnership allows both entities to develop specialized training without any
significant increase in costs. Students in Moraine Valley's credit courses and workers in
CONAM's non-credit training use the same equipment, while the college buys materials at great
savings through the corporation's national purchasing agreements.
John Deere Harvester Works
Black Hawk College
John Deere is the world's leading producer of agricultural equipment. In 1999, it approached
Black Hawk about offering international awareness classes for employees who might be given
overseas assignments. This cooperative effort has since expanded to include classes in
diversity, computer skills, asbestos awareness, and the German language. "In partnership
with BHC, we believe that we have made valuable contributions to both today's workforce
and the Illinois workforce of tomorrow," says Deere general manager John Gault.
Ted's Auto Body / All Line CARSTAR
Triton has successfully joined with area body shops to develop an collision repair program
for entry-level technicians. Ted's Auto Body and All Line CARSTAR have not only provided
the tools, equipment and facilities for the program but are original members of the curriculum
advisory committee. They have also sponsored Triton students to work in their shops. "It is
a real honor to have someone nominate you for an award for just doing what you love to do,
and what I love doing is bringing people into an industry that has such great opportunity,"
says All Line CEO Teresa Kostick.
The Eli's Cheesecake Company
Wilbur Wright College
Wright's partnership with Eli's has evolved over the past decade from offering on-site GED
classes to training employees in computer literacy, customer service, and management skills
during the workday. So valuable is this connection that when the college moved to its current
location in 1993, Eli's followed, building new facilities two blocks west of campus. "It is so
important to me not to just give my associates a job but also a career," says Eli's chief
executive officer Marc Schulman. "With the help of Wright College, we have been able to
accomplish that goal."
Vactor Manufacturing Inc.
Illinois Valley Community College
Vactor is the major designer and manufacturer of sewer cleaners and one of the largest
companies in the environmental industry. Over the last three years, it has partnered with
Illinois Valley to customize curricula in software programs, electronic productivity,
conflict management, and supervisory skills. By the end of June, most of the company's 480
employees will have been trained in Lean Manufacturing principles. "Through training and
working together, we can continue to make measurable performance improvements throughout
our company," says Vactor general manager Jay Buehler.
For additional information on the ICCTA 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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