Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) has been selected as a winner of the prestigious 2016 Manufacturing Leadership Award.
EICC received the award in the category of Next Generation Leadership for its innovative practices in training Engineering Technology students. The college joins such elite companies as Dow Chemical, IBM, Honeywell, Lexmark, Owens Corning and others in receiving the award.
“We are extremely pleased to be recognized with such major companies,” said Ellen Kabat-Lensch, EICC Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development. “This is a testament to the outstanding work our faculty and staff are doing with our students.”
Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council annually honors world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders with the Manufacturing Leadership Award.
The award recognizes a portion of the work resulting from a 2013 grant received by EICC on behalf of Iowa’s community colleges. The $2.5 million US Department of Labor grant focused on Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing training. EICC has developed the curriculum and modules necessary for implementation of the unique training program and shares that with other colleges throughout the state as well as the rest of the country,
“The new approach assists faculty in being able to be more hands-on,” Kabat-Lensch said. “Instead of standing in front of a board, giving a lecture, they work with students one-to-one in the lab.”