Building Workforce Pipeline Between Community Colleges and Industry

Industry-Informed Infrastructure in Appalachian Colleges conference participants
Mount Gay, WV – The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is holding meetings with community colleges in Appalachia and national industry representatives for its Industry-Informed Infrastructure in Appalachian Colleges (“I3”), one of ARC’s POWER projects. “I3” is working to expand the industry connections and technical training capacities of community colleges serving coal-impacted communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, along with adjacent areas of neighboring states. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently hosted the “I3” meetings at its Logan Campus. The meetings focused on pairing industry partners together with community college executives to create a highly skilled talent pipeline for management and leadership in the hospitality and tourism industry. Industry partners included Lincoln Electric, Snap-on, IBM, Work America, Appalachian Regional Commission, and the National Association of Workforce Boards, global companies that cross industry sectors. “The new partnerships that were formed will generate huge rewards for the College in the future”, said Dr. Robert Gunter, President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The Industry-Informed Infrastructure (“I3”) in Appalachian Colleges project is funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in collaboration with the Community Colleges of Appalachia (CCA).