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Posted Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

NJBIZ Recognizes Educators for Leadership During the Pandemic

CCM President Anthony Iacono

Anthony J. Iacono

County College of Morris President Anthony J. Iacono recently was named to the 2020 NJBIZ Education Power 50 list, which recognized the leadership of educators during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the economic recovery. He was also named to the 2019 list.

“It’s an honor and also humbling to be named to this list, which includes so many outstanding educational leaders in New Jersey,” said Iacono. “Being named to the Education Power 50 list testifies to all the great work of the entire CCM community to provide pathways for individuals to realize their dreams and develop the partnerships to strengthen our communities.”

Iacono was appointed president in 2016 and has focused on establishing the college as a community partner to provide diverse populations with access to a high-quality education, to build healthy and prosperous communities, and to meet the employment needs of business and industry.

Offering Assistance to Ease the Impact of COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached New Jersey last March, CCM campus served as a COVID-19 Testing Center, operated by Morris County and Atlantic Health System testing more than 8,000 people in three months.

CCM logoCCM also rounded up equipment used in their nursing program for Morristown Medical Center, lending five ventilators, which were then in critical shortage, and donating 325 N95 masks and 3,000 gloves.

The college also hosted two Table of Hope food distribution events on campus.

Throughout the pandemic, CCM faculty, students and staff, along with alumni, responded by working or volunteering on the front lines and supporting essential workers by providing them with face masks, face shields and food, as they also moved and adjusted to a virtual teaching and learning environment.

Dover College Promise

Under Iacono’s leadership, the college this year launched Dover College Promise (DCP), supported with an $110,000 grant from Impact 100 Garden State. DCP, in conjunction with The Educational Center in Dover, will provide low-income middle and high school students in the community with college readiness training and support. Participants who graduate from high school in good standing also will receive scholarships to attend CCM.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center

To address the need for skilled employees in both the county and state, CCM has constructed an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center (AMEC), which opened this Fall Semester. With funding and support from the state, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and local businesses, AMEC was constructed to provide a pipeline of new employees and to update the skills of current employees.

In recognition of the college’s leadership, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded CCM a $4 million four-year grant to provide a model for the expansion of apprenticeship programs in advanced manufacturing.

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