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  • PCC wins statewide economic award

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    PUEBLO – Pueblo Community College is the winner of the Economic Development Partnership award from the Economic Development Council of Colorado.

    The announcement was made Oct. 3 at the EDCC’s annual Drive/Lead/Succeed Conference in Vail. The council’s Excellence in Economic Development, or EDIE, Awards recognize “outstanding achievement by our members, volunteers of local organizations, large and small communities, companies, and legislators for economic development excellence,” according to the council’s website.

    “PCC is proud to accept the EDIE award for economic development partnership,” said Jennifer Sherman, PCC’s dean of business and advanced technology. “We want to share the recognition with our partners in local workforce development and our employers, whose commitment helps strengthen our regional economy.”

    PCC and its Pueblo Corporate College were nominated anonymously for the statewide award. The nomination specifically cited the college’s work with Vestas Wind Systems, which opened a wind tower manufacturing plant in Pueblo in 2009. Pueblo Corporate College uses its Mobile Learning Labs to provide customized training for Vestas workers.

    PCC provides a math refresher course, Shop Floor Math, to Vestas employees. It provides an opportunity to review math concepts, practice computations and learn about real-life math applications that relate to their work.

    “We are fortunate to have so many strong community and employer partners in Pueblo and value our partnerships with Vestas and other local companies,” said Amanda Corum, executive director of Pueblo Corporate College.

    PCC’s award nomination read, in part, “The college’s enduring relationship with Vestas . . . exemplifies EDCC’s goal to strategically retain, expand and attract primary employers. The college’s ability to create and deliver industry-driven, customized training and schedule flexibility was – and remains – a critical aspect of the successful partnership.”

    The EDCC lists three qualifications in selecting the Economic Development Partnership recipient: The organization or individual has demonstrated a multi-year commitment to the EDCC, works with EDCC to “strategically retain, expand and attract primary employers,” and is committed to the vitality, growth and sustainability of the Colorado economy.

    “It’s the hard work and contributions of communities, institutions and individuals like these who make Colorado economically successful,” said John Hall, EDCC board chair.

    The EDCC is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to successful, responsible economic development, representing the collective economic development interests of both the private and public sectors.

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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.