County College of Morris Director of Customized Training Solutions Honored with Community College Spirit Award
On June 16, during its annual New Jersey Community College Awards Ceremony, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the 2014 Community College Spirit Award to County College of Morris Director of Customized Training Solutions Robert Lipka for his exemplary service to New Jersey’s community colleges.
“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said NJCCC Chairman Bakari G. Lee, Esq.
Lipka was recognized for his work to increase the number of Morris County businesses utilizing the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association Basic Skills Workforce Training Program.
“Working with the Workforce Consortium staff and the NJBIA, County College of Morris now leads the state as the top community college provider of training courses offered via the NJBIA Basic Skills Workforce Training Program, thanks to Bob’s leadership,” Lee added.
The Workforce Consortium, established in 2004, is a central one-stop contact that develops and delivers education and training programs to New Jersey businesses, agencies and organizations. One of these programs is the NJBIA Basic Skills Workforce Training Program, which provides mathematics, communication, customer service, and computer skills training to small businesses throughout the state. Since its inception, the Workforce Consortium has trained over 90,000 employees at over 4,500 New Jersey businesses.
Lipka has over 30 years experience in corporate and academic communities overseeing the marketing and delivery of training and consulting services to foster business growth, reduce costs, and increase both productivity and innovation. As the director of the Center for Business & Technology at CCM, he manages a group that provides a diverse range of services that can be customized and delivered at an employer’s site or at CCM’s campus locations. Training solutions range from technology to management and communications skills development, as well as industry specific topics.
Prior to joining CCM, he worked in the corporate arena for companies such as IBM, Sybase, CIBER, BASF, and Tenneco, holding varied positions in sales, marketing and management.
Lipka holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a board member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Corporation, which focuses on business attraction and retention to support the growth of the county’s business community. Additionally, he is a member of the Chamber’s Technology Committee, promoting the effective usage of existing and emerging technology by small- and medium-sized businesses. He is also an alumnus of the Chamber’s Leadership Morris Program.
Lipka has resided in Morris County for over 20 years with his wife and son.