(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Mar. 20, 2023) – – – Columbia State Community College has been selected for a partnership grant from General Motors through the American Association of Community Colleges to support the advanced manufacturing credentialing program.
I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Columbia State to increase our partnership with General Motors,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “It’s looking forward to identifying the training needs and programs for a changing manufacturing industry. We’re excited to work alongside of GM and to be one of the seven community colleges nationally selected to participate.”
The partnership includes seven other community colleges across the country that will share the best practices for integrating advanced manufacturing credentials. General Motors Corporate Giving is donating a $600,000 grant to the AACC who will then administer $40,000 to each of the colleges involved.
“We’re innovating forward, and I think it’s a really good opportunity for us to have this partnership,” said Anton Busuttil, general director of operations, revenue growth and efficiency-focused leadership at General Motors. “This grant allows the American Association of Community Colleges to study and share best practices on manufacturing nationwide. I’m very excited for the opportunity to strengthen this partnership as we move forward.”
Colleges receiving the grant will participate in an initial study to launch students into a higher skill set bringing elevated wage opportunities. AACC will provide technical assistance as well as develop collateral for the colleges to offer thorough programs to elevate skills training for advanced manufacturing.