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Zeiler, Robert W.; Cotler, Susan; Saunders, David W.   (1990, ASQC)   Hitco Aerospace, Gardena, CA; El Camino College, Torrance, CA

Annual Quality Congress, San Francisco, CA    Vol. 44    No. 0
QICID: 9527    May 1990    pp. 666-669
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Article Abstract

An educational partnership between HITCO, a Los Angeles-based composites manufacturer for military, commercial and recreational markets, and E1 Camino College, Torrance, California, has been developed to enable this medium-sized company to avail itself of a full variety of high-quality educational products and services at a minimum cost. As a major supplier for critical U.S. strategic systems, HITCO has been engaged in an all encompassing effort to improve performance and decrease costs at a time when the Company must also increase its efforts to upgrade work force capability and knowledge if it is to remain a viable supplier in the future.

During this time frame, E1 Camino College joined the Future Technologies Consortium consisting of four (4) California community colleges and the Technology Exchange Center, a private, nonprofit organization. The Consortium focused its efforts on providing Total Quality Management (TQM) training, and on the development of applied competitive technology transfer centers. The intent was to fill critical gaps in the educational/training environment as identified by area businesses seeking to compete on a global basis. One of the most unique and beneficial outcomes of El Camino's involvement has been the development of strong business oriented relationships between the College and the companies it serves.



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