Community colleges are expected to be the driving force in the nation's quest to prepare workers for a changing economy.
There isn't an organization that understands that more than the Industrial Development Authority of Gila County (IDA).
The association is led by President Fred Barcon. He is joined by board members Mark Marcanti and William Long.
Recently, the IDA awarded Gila Community College $45,000, which is being used to expand the registered nursing skills laboratory at the Globe and Payson campuses.
It is projected for the Fall 2007 semester that over 60 students will be enrolled in the nursing program alone.