by Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
Central Arizona College (CAC) was recently named a 2019 Gold Circle of Excellence award winner by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its entry, “Central Arizona College & Sundt Construction: Education at the Speed of Industry.”
Each year the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards recognize hundreds of institutions that have implemented innovative, inspiring and creative ideas with a lasting impact and extraordinary results.
The judges recognized the community college public-private partnership between CAC and Sundt stating: “It is the responsibility of a community college to engage their industry partners and create opportunities for students and alumni to enter the workforce in high-skilled, high-paying jobs. This partnership between Sundt Construction and Central Arizona College leveraged the top strengths of both organizations and demonstrated the power of a well-executed partnership that provides the most benefits for students, the college and employers. We also especially appreciated the focus on diversity in the partnership.”
In 2019, CASE received more than 2,800 applicants from 611 higher education member institutions, independent schools and nonprofits from 20 countries. Winners were selected based on overall quality, innovation, use of resources and the impact on the institution or its external and internal communities, such as alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff.
James Busch, Skilled Trades and Technology Division Chair and Professor of Diesel Technology and Heavy Equipment Operator, said, “We are honored to receive this Gold Circle of Excellence Award. This collaboration and partnership continues to provide amazing training opportunities for students interested in skilled-craft positions. The advancements we have made and continue to work toward are possible because of this strong workforce partnership.”