The Wacker Corporation
Wacker Chemical Corporation is a German-based conglomerate that manufactures hyperpure polysilicon that is used to convert sunlight into energy. The company is currently building a new plant in Bradley County – its first on American soil. However, before that plant can celebrate its grand opening late in 2013, it must find approximately 650 highly skilled workers to man the plant floor. That is where the Wacker Institute comes in to help.
This partnership is an excellent example of the growing trend on community college campuses to train workers for very specific positions at local companies -- and it certainly does President Obama's recent State of the Union address justice.