MCC gets national recognition in Aspen Institute report

Monroe Community College has been cited by the Aspen Institute as a national example of effective community college workforce development programs.

MCC was one of six schools noted in the Aspen Institute’s report, “The Workforce Playbook,” which offers guidance on creating high-performing workforce programs. MCC was cited specifically for the way it uses data to identify and meet needs of the local economy.

“MCC’s labor market-informed approach to workforce development has helped us to better understand where to make program investments that will result in a larger pool of skilled workers that are most needed by local industry,” said Todd Oldham, MCC vice president, economic and workforce development and career technical education.

The LadderzUP program, a Monroe County program developed by MCC, also received special mention. The program connects local residents to skills training designated by local employers. LadderzUP was created in 2017 and has placed more than 750 people in training or jobs in advanced manufacturing, health care, skilled trades, construction and information technology.

“This innovative partnership between Monroe County and MCC has helped unlock enhanced career opportunities for individuals interested in growing fields like health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and the skilled trades,” said Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo. “We’re proud of this partnership and pleased that it is being recognized as a national model.”

The full report is available to read online.

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