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JPMorgan Chase & Co. Honored for Accelerating Regional Skills Training for Adults with MCC

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The Monroe Community College Foundation and its supporters will present the 2016 Salute to Excellence award to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for the firm’s partnership with and investment in Monroe Community College to accelerate demand-driven skills training opportunities for adults. JPMorgan Chase representatives will accept the award at the MCC Foundation’s 27th annual Salute to Excellence dinner this evening, Nov. 17, at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

JPMorgan Chase and its affiliates have supported student success, college-readiness programs and other initiatives through major gifts for many years. In June 2015, JPMorgan Chase awarded a $320,000 grant to the MCC Foundation to create a middle-skill bridge program and expand accelerated certificate programs at MCC. The grant is associated with the firm’s New Skills at Work initiative, a $250 million commitment to address skill gaps in communities around the world. The firm’s partnership with MCC is increasing job-training opportunities and providing options for individuals to earn a college credential in less than a year in pursuit of high-demand careers in fields like advanced manufacturing and mechatronics.

“JPMorgan Chase’s support of public higher education through the MCC Foundation creates opportunities for people to transform their lives and pursue new paths to prosperity,” said Diane L. Shoger, executive director of the MCC Foundation. “We are honored to present the Salute to Excellence award to JPMorgan Chase and hope Greater Rochester will join us in applauding their generosity and their New Skills at Work initiative.”

“Using our resources and expertise to help the communities where we live and work is in our DNA at JPMorgan Chase,” said Matt Tipple, Rochester market executive for JPMorgan Chase and honorary chair of the Salute to Excellence event. “We’re so proud of our partnership with Monroe Community College, which is giving folks in Rochester the skills they need to fill important jobs within the advanced manufacturing sector.”

In collaboration with JPMorgan Chase, MCC is working to increase the pool of qualified workers available to employers in middle-skill workforce clusters where skill gaps exist within the Finger Lakes economy. The partnership also enables MCC to bolster its labor market intelligence efforts to better determine and anticipate regional workforce needs.

MCC President Anne M. Kress said, “JPMorgan Chase’s investment is fueling new, accelerated programs that guide students towards academic success and the skills required to enter exciting career fields like advanced manufacturing and mechatronics. MCC is grateful for our longstanding partnership and the opportunity to join forces with JPMorgan Chase to promote economic vitality across the Finger Lakes region.”

Naomi Silver, Rochester Red Wings, serves on the MCC Foundation Board and as dinner chair. Gold sponsors include Avangrid Foundation, Corning Incorporated, D&C Digital and Dixon Schwabl.

An honored Rochester tradition since 1989, the Salute to Excellence award reflects the recipient’s commitment to public higher education and the community. Past recipients of the Salute to Excellence award include Greater Rochester Health Foundation, Xerox Foundation, Robin ’80 and Timothy ’80 Wentworth, and the Corning Incorporated Foundation.

For more information, visit or call (585) 262-1500. The event reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and award ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Monroe Community College Foundation seeks philanthropic investment to advance academic achievement, innovation, and the mission of excellence at the college.