ERIC Number: ED412993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
"Making Connections": Community College Best Practice in Connecting the Urban Poor to Education and Employment.
Fitzgerald, Joan; Jenkins, Davis
Drawing on case studies of six urban community colleges, this report examines the community college mission with respect to economic and workforce development and describes model partnerships involving colleges, community-based organizations, government, and social service organizations to create pathways to employment for the urban poor. Following an executive summary, the report highlights the role of community colleges in the Annie E. Casey Jobs Initiative, designed to identify strategies for connecting residents of inner-city neighborhoods to gainful employment. Issues faced by the colleges in serving the urban poor are then reviewed, highlighting problems in linking non-credit and credit course systems, and the types of programs offered by colleges are discussed. The following five characteristics of successful college programs are then described: strong commitment from college leadership, the provision of intensive support services, the formation of partnerships with social service and community organizations, innovative teaching methods, and active employer involvement. Finally, case studies are provided of successful efforts at the following colleges: El Paso Community College (Texas), LaGuardia Community College (New York), Miami-Dade Community College (Florida), Portland Community College (Oregon), San Diego Community College District (California), and Sinclair Community College (Ohio). Each case study provides a description of the college or district and their approach to serving the urban poor, a synopsis of related programs, and lists of individuals working with the programs. (BCY)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Role, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Labor Force Development, Models, Poverty, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Two Year Colleges, Urban Education
Great Cities Institute (M/C 107), University of Illinois at Chicago, 322 South Green Street, Suite 108, Chicago, IL 60607-3502.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Chicago. Great Cities Inst.