RANDOLPH, NJ – County College of Morris (CCM) recently received recognition by two key state business groups for its excellence in preparing students and employees to meet the needs of industry and for serving as an educational leader and valued business partner.

The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) presented the college with an Industry Leader Best Practice Award on Sept. 24. This marked the second year in a row CCM received a CIANJ Best Practice Award. Once again, the award recognized CCM for the strength of its programs offered through its Center for Workforce Development and the construction of an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center, slated to open in 2020.

A panel of judges, including Dale Caldwell, executive director of the Farleigh Dickinson University Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Robert Stramara, chief operating officer of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP); Dean Paranicas, chief executive officer of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey, and CIANJ President Anthony Russo, reviewed the submissions and selected the most extraordinary ones to be honored at the conference.

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CCM President Anthony J. Iacono served as the opening keynote speaker for the awards ceremony held at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville. During his remarks, Iacono said the college’s success relies on the strength of its partnerships with business and industry and other organizations.

“As I like to say, CCM does great things every day, but we do even greater things with and because of our partners,” said Iacono.

Included among those partnerships is an online course the college is providing in conjunction with NJMEP to provide food safety training for employees in the food production and manufacturing industry. CCM also is the lead organization in a consortium, supported by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, to develop apprenticeship models for the advanced manufacturing industry.

NJBIZ presented the second recognition to Iacono, which named him to its Education Power 50 list. NJBIZ, in its September 23 issue. praised Iacono for the college’s work to provide skilled professionals for the manufacturing industry. In the article, Iacono noted, “Our work is to help others to do their work better.”