UNL and CCC to Form Educational Partnership

university of nebraska lincoln overheadIn business and elsewhere, partnerships bring together two or more great companies and their budding ideas. But they also create more opportunities for education, training and career development.

So it is no surprise that the new partnership between Central Community College in Grand Island, Nebraska and the School of Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln “will help small- and medium-sized manufacturers fuel Nebraska’s economy.”

Funding from National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership will allow the partnership between the two colleges “to grow the competitiveness and profitability of Nebraska’s manufacturers.”

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership will give the University $600,000 in federal funding.

The national partnership will be based at the university with ‘field staff’ throughout the state, said Curt Weller, a UNL professor of biological systems engineering, to The Grand Island Independent.

The blooming partnership will help these small- and medium-sized manufacturers by retaining existing jobs and creating new ones, as well as help save time and money.

The institute helps these partnerships both at the state and federal levels by creating programs that will widen manufacturers’ creation of products and markets.

For the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, The Independent notes that “the Food Processing Center could provide testing and development expertise to food manufactures and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility could provide product testing for civil infrastructure.”

For Central Community College in Grand Island, they continue, the college would provide “workforce development training and business management services.”

These offers only provide you with a small scope of resources that could come out of this partnership.

The aim of this partnership, and more specifically a University of Nebraska-based partnership, which we’ve discussed before, is to encourage the University’s work with state manufacturers and to “convert innovations from researchers’ lab benches into products for the marketplace.”

Prior to this new partnership between the university and Central Community College, the biggest Nebraska partnership was the State of Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

Though the partnership is in its early stages, Weller says that progress is already taking shape in the form of new jobs created, new sales, and the amount of companies that want to be involved within the partnership.

As for companies benefiting from this partnership, companies would learn quality-improving methods and how to access “market research to explore new products or innovative processing technologies.”

Companies can also work alongside UNL’s Engineering Support Facility to general prototypes. It’s an exciting time to be a Nebraskan involved in manufacturing!

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