Workforce Development

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Partnerships for a Future-Ready Workforce (2018)

This report details how community colleges and businesses can form strong partnerships, national employment trends and postsecondary attainment, and policies & practices that form a continuum of education and career training.

Prior Learning Assessment: An Essential Process for Empowering Today's Adult Learners

Cathy Brigham

Most adult students with significant work experience have technical and work-related competencies that have been acquired from non-collegiate environments — work, training, military service, or independent study, for example. colleges that offer ways to evaluate this prior learning for college credit can help students progress more efficiently towards a degree, certificate, or credential — saving the student both time and tuition dollars. 

Putting Students First, Are Associate Degrees Preparing Graduates For Successful Careers? (2017)

Senior Economist Jonathan Rothwell of Gallup, presents data on employment outcomes for college graduates from different types of colleges.

Reskilling for the Pandemic Recession and Recovery (2020)

Reskilling for the Pandemic Recession and Recovery focuses on the U.S. economic downturn since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a disproportionate impact on Black and Hispanic individuals, women, and people without a postsecondary degree. Considering these challenges, the brief details policy proposals for large-scale workforce development initiatives and strategies that community colleges can implement to support unemployed and adult learners. 

Return on Investment, What is the Value of the Associate Degree? (2017)

Return on Investment, What is the Value of the Associate Degree? provides a checklist of high-impact practices that colleges can employ to support students on their journey to degree completion and potentially improved employment outcomes

The College-Work Balancing Act (2019)

How can community colleges support students' goals of finding success in the workforce, both today and the future?

The Road Ahead for Higher Education: Anything but Normal

Travis Reindl

There has been a good deal of talk in recent months about a “new normal” for states and their higher education systems. But how do we define this new normal? More importantly, what does it mean for governors and trustees?

The Value of Community College Short-Term Credentials

In addition to finding that many employer-aligned short-term programs can lead to increased wages and a higher quality of life for students who complete them,