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Motorola CEO calls for more business, college partnerships

Tuesday, February 14, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristina Moy
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(via Community College Times)

The head of one of the Chicago area’s largest companies wants fellow CEOs to partner more with community colleges to address a growing gap between workforce skills and the labor needs of businesses.

At a meeting last week at Harper College (Illinois) with its trustees and foundation board members, Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown said companies like his are finding it increasingly difficult to match job openings with workers possessing technical and communication skills. Closer corporate involvement with community college students can help, he added.

"We have to show students a path, connect the dots and show them how to get from here to there,” Brown said. "Students need to know that if they complete a degree or certificate, what’s on the other end. What does it look like? Harper and other community colleges will play a critical role in making that happen.”

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