(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Nov. 4, 2013) – – – Selected for its unique initiatives that impact the future of workforce development, Columbia State Community College was awarded a 2013 Workforce Innovation Award. President Janet F. Smith accepted the award at the “Conversation with Governor Bill Haslam” and Workforce Innovation Project kickoff event that took place Sept. 30.
The award was given by The Council on Workforce Innovation in Tennessee and highlighted public and private partnerships that exist at Columbia State in the areas of film crew technology and healthcare programs, as well as the emergency medical services/paramedic and advanced integrated industrial technology programs that are offered at the Northfield Workforce Development and Conference Center.
In response to the economic climate in Middle Tennessee, Columbia State has renewed its workforce development focus in recent years to center on healthcare, manufacturing, information technology and the entertainment industry. Columbia State partners with community leaders, regional employers and school districts to provide educational programs and training activities that have been responsive to the needs of existing and future employers.
As a result of these partnerships, programs and initiatives have been put into place to assist with industrial recruitment, develop dual enrollment for high school students, create customized training for area employers, and provide specific services for dislocated workers.
The award was presented by Governor Haslam at a luncheon representing Tennessee higher education and business. Other winners included Fifth Third Bank and Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee.