ERIC Number: ED439773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges: Connecting the Poor to Good Jobs. Policy Paper.
Jenkins, Davis; Fitzgerald, Joan
This paper, which focuses on community colleges and job placement, is part of a series published by the Center for Community College Policy, designed to support state and local policymakers, as well as educational leaders who are interested in policy issues related to the two-year postsecondary sector. The current emphasis on "work-first," getting welfare recipients into any jobs, no matter the pay, is counterintuitive. Jobs that pay as much as is needed for a single woman to raise two children often require more than a high school degree, and promotion from an entry-level position into a career often requires formal postsecondary training. Since community colleges play a significant role in workforce development, collaboration with state development agencies and local workforce development can ensure that programs are developed to meet the needs of key employers, who will then hire students. Several policy options are described in this document, such as: (1) encouraging colleges on their own accord to make necessary connections between technical programs and employment; (2) consolidating funding for job training for the poor; and (3) providing incentives to serve the poor in mainstream technical education programs. (AF)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Policy, Employment Potential, High School Equivalency Programs, Income, Job Skills, Low Income Groups, Policy Formation, State Agencies, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.