The Morris County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, January 22, presented Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of County College of Morris (CCM), with its William P. Huber Award in recognition of his many years of service and contributions to the community.
Yaw received the award at the chamber's 95th Annual Meeting Luncheon held at the Hanover Marriott Hotel. The Huber Award is presented each year by the chamber for outstanding community leadership. William P. Huber was president of the Saint Clare’s Foundation and an integral member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.
“It is an honor to receive this recognition from the chamber, which plays such a central and instrumental role in shaping our community for the benefit of businesses and residents alike,” said Yaw. “This recognition also is particularly significant for me because I knew Bill Huber and always admired his involvement in the community. I have such fond recollections of him and his many contributions.”
Yaw has been with CCM since 1980 and has served as college president since 1986. Under his leadership, CCM has become one of the state’s leading community colleges. As a result of his vision and guidance, the college has one of the highest combined transfer and graduation rates among community colleges in New Jersey.
In addition, he has served on a variety of professional and educational councils and has played an instrumental role in shaping higher education in New Jersey. During his service as chair of the New Jersey Presidents Council, he led the effort to enact a statewide transfer agreement to ease the process for students seeking to pursue their educations beyond an associate degree. He also was a member of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and has led accreditation evaluation teams on behalf of the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association.
Yaw also is active in community affairs and currently serves on the boards of the Morris County Human Relations Commission, the Urban League of Morris County and the Morris-Sussex-Warren Counties Workforce Investment Board.
Under his leadership CCM also has become a valued partner of the local business community. Included among those efforts, the college’s Center for Business and Technology (CBT) since 2014 has been the statewide leader in providing no-cost business training for employees through a partnership developed by the New Jersey Department of Labor with the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. Over the last three years, the CBT, through its customized business solutions program, has served more than 900 area organizations, training 10,300 employees. Most of that training was completed on-site at company locations.
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