April 17, 2012
CCAC was pleased to welcome Keynote Speaker the Honorable Hilda L. Solis, secretary of labor, US Department of Labor; Featured Speaker Morgan K. O’Brien, president and CEO, Peoples Natural Gas; and Featured Speaker Michael R. Dunleavy, business manager/financial secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 5 to the college Tuesday, April 17. They participated in “Industry, Trades and Skills,” the spring 2012 semester Robert M. Mill Lecture Series discussion presented to a standing-room only crowd made up of students, corporate and educational leaders, faculty and the general public.
Emcee Bill Flanagan, executive vice president, led the speakers through a lively question and answer period, with discussion topics ranged from the importance of community college training and the growing fields requiring certificate or associate’s degrees to the expanding opportunities in manufacturing and Marcellus Shale efforts. In addition, speakers shared experience and words of wisdom with the many students in attendance.
The session ended with a roaring standing ovation.
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About the Robert M. Mill Lecture Series
Pittsburgh Labor & Management Past & Future: A Labor-Management Discussion embodies a series of two to three-hour interactive sessions designed to enhance the understanding and recognition of the large role labor unions and labor relations have played in forming our great region.
Recognizing Robert M. Mill (’73 & ’98), a champion of the benefits of accessible education and an ardent supporter of union needs, the Robert M. Mill Lecture Series sets the stage for open communication between all who will benefit from a future of positive labor-management relations and economic development in western Pennsylvania. Mill has received multiple college awards, including being named a 1998 CCAC Lifetime Legend and, with wife Candace, being recognized as 2009 CCAC Distinguished Alumni and Friends.