Norco College partnered with Mt. San Jacinto College to bring the classroom to the workplace at International Rectifier Corporation.

The Challenge

In October 2012, International Rectifier Corporation (IRC), a Fortune 100 company and semiconductor manufacturer, contacted Norco College (NC) with a request to provide training to develop and upgrade the skills of IRC’s workforce. IRC reached out to NC because it was the only community college in Inland Southern California offering a degree in Digital Electronics. IRC wanted NC to provide training leading to a certificate and Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Digital Electronics. Due to variations in IRC employees’ work shifts and availability, IRC wanted a program that would be convenient and accessible for its employees, allowing them to easily enroll and successfully complete coursework.


Because IRC is physically located in the service area of NC’s neighboring community college, Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC), NC administration contacted MSJC regarding IRC’s request. Multiple planning meetings were held between the two colleges and Riverside Community College District’s (RCCD) Office of Economic Development to discuss ways in which the institutions could collaborate in providing IRC employees the credit classes needed to complete the certificate and degree programs. In the end, a contract education model was agreed upon. NC agreed to provide the digital electronics courses, while MSJC agreed to provide the general education courses required for the A.S. degree. NC agreed to act as the certificate and degree-granting institution.

Data and Outcomes

35 IRC employees are currently participating in the program. A certificate and degree program in Digital Electronics was successfully implemented to meet IRC’s needs. As permitted by California Education Code, NC and RCCD entered into a contract with IRC to provide the Digital Electronics certificate courses in IRC’s training classroom, thereby optimizing access and the potential success of participating employees. To date, the first year of the three year program has successfully been completed. Employees will have the opportunity to complete their A.S. in Digital Electronics. Additionally, since many CTE courses in electronics also articulate to courses at Cal Poly Pomona, employees will have the option to continue their education there and attain a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering.
To learn more, please see the below contact information:
Kevin Fleming
Dean of Instruction, Career and Technical Education
Norco College

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