ICCTA Business/Industry Partnership Award
2003 AWARD RECIPIENT
ThyssenKrupp Gerlach Company
Danville Area Community College
The 15-year alliance between this international automotive supplier and Danville Area Community College has
generated results such as flexible training schedules for workers at four area plants and a one-year "Fast
Track" degree in industrial maintenance. Most recently, DACC trainers traveled to ThyssenKrupp headquarters
in Germany to administer the Work Keys job profiling and assessment for the company's new $30 million
production line in Danville. "We have worked hand-in-hand to the mutual benefit of each partner," says
president Joe Pycz.
Carlisle SynTec is the industry leader in single-ply roofing systems. Since 1992, Kaskaskia College has offered
customized training to Carlisle maintenance employees that increases their skill base while allowing them to work
toward an associate degree in industrial technology. In addition, the college has held classes in leadership and
computer skills for nearly 40 percent of the company's workforce. "Working together has provided a win-win
situation," says Carlisle human resources supervisor Jan Woker.
Decatur Memorial Hospital
Richland Community College
In response to the area's nursing shortage, Richland Community College and Decatur Memorial Hospital partnered in
1992 to create an associate degree nursing program. The hospital has released several of its nurses to teach
part-time in the college program, offers scholarships for Richland students, and provides clinical sites for
healthcare classes. "We believe that it is through these types of collaborative partnerships that Decatur and
the surrounding communities will advance economic development," says DMH president Kenneth Smithmier.
DOT Foods, Inc.
John Wood Community College
DOT Foods requires all employees to complete 40 contact-hours of training or continuing education each year.
John Wood Community College has established a satellite campus on the grounds of this national warehousing
and distribution company to assist employees in meeting this goal. The facility's distance-learning capabilities
also allow workers to access training from anywhere on the globe. "It has been a pleasure to work with John
Wood in our pursuit of a dynamic, well-trained workforce," says DOT official Pat Tracy.
Oakton Community College
Due to budget constraints, this global supplier of automotive components and sub-systems has outsourced its
entire training department to Oakton Community College. Plans are also underway for the fall 2003 opening of
Federal-Mogul University, an on-site Oakton classroom exclusively for company employees. "Oakton is helping us
to view and implement training as a means of accomplishing strategic objectives, not as an end in itself,"
says Patrick Eden, manager of human resources.
Holten Meat Inc.
Southwestern Illinois College
For the past three years, Southwestern Illinois College has offered an annual professional development series
for all members of the Holten management team. The program has grown from one seminar in 2000 to 10 sessions
in 2002. Participants review the company's mission statement and core values and concentrate on upgrading the
leadership skills needed to carry out the Holten mission. As a result of the program, one individual on the
training team stated, "Our concerns are handled more smoothly. The workplace just seems better."
Iowa Beef Processing
Black Hawk College
Iowa Beef Processing and Black Hawk College recently established a welding-training program for IBP
maintenance workers to increase employee safety and productivity. The classes have already led to a 20
percent decrease in the time required to fix a machine, thereby reducing downtime for the full production
line. In addition, an OHSA chemical-response refresher course and an advanced welding class are in the
works. "We are committed to continuing the education of our Team Members at all levels within our
workforce," says plant manager Todd Reed.
Orland School District 135
Moraine Valley Community College
Moraine Valley Community College provides on-site technology training for Orland School District teachers
and paraprofessionals, allowing them to develop computer skills to match and exceed those of their incoming
students. The classes also qualify for certified professional development units to fulfill re-certification
requirements. In its first year, the program has served more than 450 teachers and paraprofessionals.
"This partnership has greatly benefitted both the college and District 135 and represents a best practice
in communication, coordination, and innovation," says assistant superintendent Rita Wojtylewski.
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 six years, it has partnered with Illinois Valley Community College
to customize curricula in software programs, electronic productivity, conflict management, and supervisory
skills. By the end of June 2002, most of the company's 480 employees had been trained in Lean Manufacturing
principles. "We remain confident that through training and working together, we can continue to make
measurable performance improvements throughout our company," says Vactor's human resources director Mary
College of Lake County
Officials at WMS Gaming and the College of Lake County have collaborated on an on-site corporate university
that offers courses ranging from ESL classes to business writing to performance coaching. More than 300
employees at various levels of the corporation have been impacted by the program. "CLC's support and expertise
in aiding our conception and development of WMS University is merely one highlight of success and commitment
to our partnership," says company president Brian Gamache.
For additional information, please contact
Kim Villanueva at 1-800-454-2282, ext. 1.
Illinois Community College Trustees Association|
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