New Partnership to Provide Hands-On Training and Contracting Success
by Ana Gonzalez, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Chamber at a Glance
El Paso, Texas - The borderland community witnessed a historical partnership take place on April 12, 2010, as local technology leader Management and Engineering Technologies International Inc (METI Inc.) and the El Paso Community College signed an alliance to provide professional training to borderland students as well as to reach new heights in the federal contracting market space.
“This unique public-private initiative brings business and academia together to provide experience and cost effective support to our mutual customer base while expanding employment opportunities for the student, faculty and staff at the El Paso Community College, one of the largest Hispanic Serving Community Colleges in the Nation,” said Renard Johnson, President and CEO of METI Inc.
The collaborative business environment between METI Inc. and the El Paso Community College through the eMerging Science and Technology Institute (eMSTI) launches a unique program in the community and nation where a private company and a minority serving institution have entered into an agreement to help our borderland students achieve broader career goals, have access to higher paying jobs and obtain exposure to additional technical skills within the federal government contracting market.
Dr. Richard Rhodes, president of the El Paso Community College stated that he is enthused about the alliance taking place in order to enhance strategic partnerships with Federal contracting agencies and provide students hands-on professional training.
The event had the honorary presence of Congressman Silvestre Reyes who commended the innovative partnership.
“Today we are part of the beginning of a successful partnership headed by a successful 8(a) graduate headquartered in El Paso. The program will train and mentor our students to understand the full dynamics of business and learn what makes successful business,” stated Congressman Reyes.
In addition to providing a strong foundation for students to acquire contracting experience and build their business skills, eMSTI will also benefit our community through regional competitiveness, help reduce the impact of the technical staffing shortfall in emerging technical fields, improve the ability to attract and retain faculty and increase the number of higher technological skilled jobs in our borderland community.
“The eMerging Science and Technology Institute is the product of a vision with a profound perspective. I commend the leadership of METI Inc. and El Paso Community College for taking a bold step that in turn will benefit our community and provide higher skill training and job opportunities for our students in addition to expanding the federal contracting opportunities for our borderland region,” said Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
METI Inc. and the El Paso Community College will continue the collaboration in joint marketing efforts focused on obtaining contacting opportunities in local, state and federal markets. The eMSTI will be essential in training young professionals in acquiring superior training and job opportunities through the mentoring capacity provided by METI Inc.