MCC’s economic and workforce development division works closely with numerous local businesses, education partners, industry associations, and community based organizations to anticipate workforce needs and provide education programs which address those needs. However, sometimes, seeking collaborative partners is a matter of focusing internally.
Through cross-divisional collaboration between the career services office, part of the student services division, and career technical education, part of the economic and workforce development division, the College has been able to place a greater focus on work experiences and job placement opportunities for career technical education students. As a result of collaboration, last year, 736 connections were made between career technical education students and local employers.
The hope is to continue to grow this program and expand the ability to connect students to employment opportunities in the community. This is a win-win situation – students get jobs and valuable work experience, and employers gain direct access to qualified workers.