MORRIS COUNTY – County College of Morris (CCM) President Anthony J. Iacono has been recognized for manufacturing by ROI-NJ on its 2022 ROI Influencers List. From energy and electronics to processed metals to chemicals and food products, ROI-NJ recognizes the broad and profound impact of New Jersey’s manufacturing industry, which helps propel the state’s economy. It is estimated that advanced manufacturing will need to fill 3.4 million jobs over the next decade.
To meet ever-growing demand, Iacono has successfully worked with industry and local officials during the COVID-19 pandemic to open the college’s state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center (AMEC) on the Randolph campus. The $11 million, 31,500 square foot facility now provides a pipeline for a new generation of workers while allowing current employees to update their skills and develop innovative solutions.
“I am honored to be included in ROI-NJ’s Influencers List for Manufacturing and to be part of such an inspiring and savvy group of recipients,” noted Iacono. “Together with our exceptional team of faculty, staff and administration, the college is supported by the community, business and industry partners who help us fulfill our mission of ensuring students receive the best education possible, including using the right ones technology and tools.
AMEC “should be a model for every county college in the state,” according to ROI-NJ. Not only is manufacturing in New Jersey widespread, it’s a sprawling industry, present in all 21 counties with more than 9,000 manufacturing companies, and almost 2,000 more if STEM and engineering firms are counted. Manufacturing employs nearly 340,000 residents in New Jersey. Additionally, statistics show that the sector contributed more than $54 billion to the state’s GDP in 2021 — nearly 10 percent of the total.
“At this facility, students learn cutting-edge technology and can earn an associate’s degree with the option to go straight into the workforce or transfer to one of our university partners to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The apprenticeship path offers paid on-the-job training in two of today’s hottest fields – engineering and manufacturing,” says Iacono.
The training program currently has a placement rate of 93 percent. In addition to excellent job prospects, manufacturing pays well with an average starting salary of $65,000 to $85,000 plus benefits upon completion of an apprenticeship. AMEC received a $4 million CareerAdvance USA grant from the United States Department of Labor to make this program available to candidates free of charge.
A comprehensive college serving both college applicants and human resources development students, CCM is the top community college in New Jersey for associate degree graduates, earning the best salaries five consecutive years according to PayScale. Iacono was recently selected as a Leader and Influencer in Higher Education by ROI-NJ for the fourth time. For more information about CCM, visit www.ccm.edu or call (973) 328-5000.
Reprinted from Parsippany Focus Magazine, June 2022