The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

April 22, 2013

Business and Industry Center backs workforce

By Tim Cottle

April is Community College month and we here at the Clinton Community College Business & Industry Center are proud of our community and our contribution to it!

The Clinton Community College Business & Industry Center supports the economic future and vitality of our area manufacturers, businesses and industry by providing business services and workforce training. No company is too big and no company is too small.

We are here to meet our community’s needs.

Today’s business arena is a fast-paced, highly competitive world. Markets are changing, customers are demanding higher quality standards, and technology continues to advance at record speeds. In order to compete in today’s marketplace, business and industry must keep up with the changes. At the Clinton Community College Business and Industry Center, we understand the demands they face.

Whether a business is large or small, established or new, we have the ability to provide business services and training resources specifically designed to meet each company’s individual needs. So far this fiscal year, we have provided training and services to more than 100 area businesses and more than 1,500 of their employees.

Ready, Set, Launch! Clinton Community College Business & Industry Center, the Eastern Iowa Small Business Development Center and the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering together to energize and support prospective entrepreneurs in our community.

“Start-Up Clinton” is coming this September. This strategic partnership of training, consulting, and support is designed to encourage and promote entrepreneurs as they move their dreams to reality. We will continue to build on this partnership and are excited about its unlimited possibilities.

Many of our community members also need to keep up with the changes in today’s economy. We are also actively involved in reskilling our area workforce and filling this need. Two new programs have begun over the past few months and more will follow. The very first Clinton Community College Truck Driving classes are currently being held at the Clinton Community College Tech Center.

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