Danville Community College and Morgan Olson leaders signed a collaboration agreement on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Attending the signing are (from left) Virginia Economic Development Partnership managing director of project operations, talent solutions Brian Dail, Morgan Olson General Manager Steven Parker, DCC President Jacqueline Gill Powell and Brian Jackson, DCC vice president of workforce services.

On Oct. 13, Danville Community College, in conjunction with the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, signed a collaboration agreement with Morgan Olson in an effort to provide training and talent to the walk-in van and work truck manufacturer.

This collaboration agreement, marked with a signing ceremony at the Morgan Olson facility in Pittsylvania County, will impact the workforce in the city of Danville and the surrounding area by robustly supporting the creation of skilled jobs in Southern Virginia.

“This collaboration has been in the works for most of 2020 and we are honored to have solidified our partnership with the signing of the collaboration agreement,” said Jacqueline Gill Powell, president of DCC. “It is incredibly exciting to become an integral part of such an impactful organization and to support job creation in our region.”

Morgan Olson, a walk-in van and work truck manufacturer, brought a branch of their operations to Danville in 2019, occupying the former Ikea facility located on U.S. 58 in the Cane Creek Centre. The 925,000-square-foot facility will ultimately support 703 new jobs in the Danville/Pittsylvania County area.

“Our partnership with DCC and VEDP has been a critical factor in our successful launch of the Ringgold facility,” said Steven Parker, general manager of Morgan Olson’s Ringgold facility. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with these amazing teams so that we may collaboratively build the most skilled workforce possible.”

Morgan Olson and the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program have worked closely with Workforce Services at DCC to build a comprehensive training program that meets the needs of Morgan Olson, ensuring a steady flow of new talent for years to come.

For more information about programs and workforce credentials offered by Danville Community College, visit danville.edu/careers-programs.