Magazine article The Catalyst

Exemplary Program Awards

Magazine article The Catalyst

Exemplary Program Awards

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Tidewater Community College

Academy for Nonprofit Excellence

The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence is designed to provide ongoing professional development to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit staff and board members in Hampton Roads, VA. The Academy specializes in providing the unique workforce development solutions needed by the nonprofit sector to thrive in today's environment of fast change and limited resources. Courses help participants and their organization build capacity through alignment of their organizational systems. Instructors are seasoned professionals who are experts in their respective fields. Each course offers real-world scenarios and gives participants the opportunity to enhance their leadership and management capabilities. Individuals completing 10 continuing education units (CEUs) earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. There are five core topic areas and one CEU must be earned in each area. The remaining five CEUs are electives of the participants choosing. Participants are not required to pursue the certificate and may choose to concentrate on areas specific to the needs of their organization and/or career.


Piedmont Technical College

Center for Advanced Manufacturing

In 2011, ZF Transmissions, one of the world's top 10 automotive suppliers, announced plans to begin production of 8 and 9-speed transmissions at its new Laurens, SC facility. To support these operations, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) partnered with the SC Technical College System's Workforce Division (readySC(TM)), as well as private industry, the Laurens County Development Corporation (LCDC) and local city and county government. In February 2011, readySC(TM) and PTC met with ZF officials to understand the project's hiring plans and training requirements. It became evident that a collective effort would be necessary. Thus, planning discussions between PTC and all involved stakeholders began to take place. These discussions led to the development of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM). The CAM includes CNC labs, CMM labs and classrooms, which will benefit the residents of Laurens County. This partnership met the needs of a critical new employer, while providing the local workforce with a means for upgrading their skills with relevant technology-based training.


Howard Community College

Bridging the Gap: Creating ESL Pathways to Success

Like many community colleges across the nation, Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia, MD offers two tracks for adult English as a Second Language (ESL) - credit and non-credit. Credit ESL classes are pre-requisite English classes that are offered to foreign-born, degreeseeking students whose English language skills are not yet high enough to complete college-level coursework successfully. These classes are generally geared toward high intermediate and advanced English language learners (ELL). Non-credit ESL classes are typically government grant-funded continuing education classes aimed at students who need to develop basic English conversation skills for life and work. Funding for these grant classes is targeted toward lower level ELL's, from pre-beginning through intermediate levels. Unfortunately, there is often a gap between these two tracks of ESL, leaving many students underserved. Many of the underserved ELL's at HCC were those who were learning English to prepare for academic studies at the undergraduate or graduate level. …

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