Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) announced it will open a corporate college to focus on customized technical training for local employers.

“This exciting project allows us to address Maricopa County’s need to stimulate economic growth — and create more jobs — by offering new and existing employers a way to continuously train or re-train workers,” said Rufus Glasper, MCCCD chancellor.

The corporate college, which currently remains unnamed, will operate independently from the other 10 community colleges and two skill centers, while concurrently drawing on the MCCCD faculty and facility resources when appropriate, said Andrew Tucker, a Maricopa spokesman. As a corporate college, it will not be accredited and it will not offer for-credit courses.

“The principal difference is the colleges provide workforce training solutions with already designed programs, while the corporate college responds to the employer’s immediate needs with custom solutions,” said Eugene Giovannini, Ph.D., president of GateWay Community College.

Giovannini will be the new corporate college’s president when it officially opens July 1 at GateWay’s Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. A nationwide search for a replacement for GateWay president is under way.

“Using best practices of successful corporate colleges implemented in Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Indiana, Maricopa’s corporate college will provide non-accredited training,” Tucker said.

The new college will allow businesses to tailor the training their employees receive, Tucker noted. In addition to working with local employers, it will offer professional and continuing education programs to established corporations.

Giovannini will maintain his position as GateWay president until July. He has been at GateWay for 11 years, Tucker said. He previously spent seven years as vice president of Burlington County College in Pemberton, N.J. He was also dean of instructional affairs and interim director of student services at Ivy Tech State College-Southwest in Evansville, Ind.

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