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Sam Dickson

MCC partnership honored with national award

The Metropolitan Community College Workforce Innovation Division has built partnerships with many corporate businesses over the last decade, helping them train new employees and continuing to educate current ones. Some of these partnerships have thrived for years.

“When you get a new client and nurture them, then they’ll be there,” said Sam Dickson, WID project manager. “When they think about corporate training, I want them to think about MCC.”

Those companies can have MCC instructors come into their business, or send employees to an MCC location such as the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology, to train them on any skills they need require to do their jobs better, Dickson said. That could be tutorials on Microsoft Excel or teaching basic Spanish to better communicate with ESL customers.

Recently, a company that MCC has played a role in training their workforce was recognized for their staff training process, crediting MCC for its hand in their success.

Seldin, a property management company, received the Excellence in Practice Award from the Association for Talent Development’s national chapter. The award praises Seldin for its onboarding and training techniques, something Dickson said MCC has played an integral part in.

“We are a huge part of the process,” Dickson said. 

WID trains and teaches new Seldin employees all aspects of how to manage multi-family buildings, including basic electrical, HVAC and plumbing work, as well as appliance repair. Dickson said they are working to develop a certificate program in Property Management that will add in Microsoft training and Spanish classes.

Dickson is honored that Seldin wants MCC to receive a certificate with them at the national conference in May in Washington D.C. 

“It is nice to have something to show what we do has value,” Dickson said. “We pride ourselves in this work and this is a way to measure our success. We need to be innovative and on the cutting edge. We have to be able to offer something else. That is what we try to do.”

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