Harper College's 25-year partnership with Motorola Solutions is the winner of a first-time national award recognizing outstanding college-corporate collaboration.
The Award of Excellence for Corporate/College Partnership was established last year by the American Association of Community Colleges, which represents more than 1,100 community, junior and technical colleges and more than 13 million students. It was awarded to Harper during the association's annual convention in California.
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Harper's partnership with Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions includes scholarships for traditional and adult students; monetary awards for distinguished faculty; grant funding and employee engagement in a Harper summer bridge program for at-risk students; and customized training for Motorola Solutions professionals.
The award was developed to share best practices and encourage more partnerships between corporations and community college leaders. Harper was named one of five finalists in February due partly to the partnership's advancement of economic prosperity, student success and community college advocacy.