Community colleges and alliance form training consortium...

BUSINESS NOTES

January 08, 2001

Community colleges and alliance form training consortium

Anne Arundel Community College has signed an agreement with the Greater Baltimore Alliance and five other regional community colleges to form a business training consortium.

The Greater Baltimore Business Training Network will develop a regional capacity to respond to the needs of existing and prospective employers, and will provide a single point of contact and accountability, AACC said in announcing the agreement.

A business in search of training will contact the alliance, which will match the training needs to the institution that can best provide the instruction, AACC said.

"This alliance gives community colleges an opportunity to impact the economic vitality of the entire region," said Andrew L. Meyer, AACC vice president for learning.

"This clearly is a significant advancement for the companies that currently operate or that will locate in the Greater Baltimore region," said Ioanna T. Morfessis, alliance president and chief executive officer.

"With this new system, employers can more easily avail themselves of the excellent training resources offered by our six community college systems," Morfessis said.

The other participating community colleges are in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

The network offers training in telecommunications, distribution and logistics, biotechnology, health care, financial services, manufacturing, environmental sciences, tourism, information technology and agribusiness. All the colleges offer open-enrollment classes and customized training in the classroom or at work sites.

The agreement is part of an effort to make it easier for businesses to take advantage of training available at Maryland community colleges.

At the Maryland Technology Showcase in December, community colleges unveiled a Web site, marylandtraining.com, that allows businesses to search for classes by the Greater Baltimore Business Training Network and by other community colleges.

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