Pueblo Community College received the EDIE award from the Economic Development Council of Colorado for economic development partnership of the year.
The EDIE awards, established in 1989, recognize outstanding achievements in economic development in the state of Colorado. They were announced Oct. 21 at the EDCC’s annual conference in Pueblo.
Pueblo Corporate College, a division of PCC, was nominated by EVRAZ Pueblo, with which the college has a longstanding partnership.
“PCC’s Pueblo Corporate College has worked closely with EVRAZ (North America) management to design custom training programs including two apprenticeship programs, new mechanical and electric millwright new-hire training, quality assurance training, and, most recently, operator training for a state-of-the-art long rail mill,” said the EVRAZ nomination.
Over the past 17 years, programs between PCC and EVRAZ have trained 119 workers for other positions within the company, helping the steel mill retain and promote its employees.
“We are honored to receive this award,” said Amanda Corum, executive director of Pueblo Corporate College. “EVRAZ (North America) is a great partner to work with that invests in their employees. We look forward to continuing this partnership and providing customized training programs that support EVRAZ and their employees.”
The collaboration enables individuals to build long-term, successful careers with one of the city’s key employers.
“I am so pleased that PCC and our Pueblo Corporate College team have been recognized for our commitment to providing our business and industry partners with the training necessary to remain globally competitive,” said PCC President Patty Erjavec. “We take our responsibility to train a skilled workforce seriously and it shows.”