ERIC Number: ED451838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
California Community Colleges and Economic Development: Options and Opportunities.
Sekera, June; Baran, Barbara; Teegarden, Suzanne
This report was prepared at the request of ED>Net, the California Community College Economic Development Network. The primary purpose of this study was to learn from other states about revenue streams outside the general fund that could support and promote economic development programs at community colleges, particularly sources of revenue that tie funding more directly to business. A secondary purpose was to gather preliminary information on how other community college systems are measuring the impact of economic development activities on workers and firms. Although the economic development activities of community colleges are broader than workforce development, education and training are the primary focus for most colleges. As such, this study concentrated on employer-focused workforce development programs. In total, this year's investment by states in employer-focused training will probably exceed $600 million. States use a variety of financing mechanisms to fund these programs. This study evaluated some of those that appeared most promising for the California context. They include the following: the Unemployment Insurance training tax; withholding tax diversion; a tax credit program administered by the community colleges; programs that balance credit and non-credit FTE reimbursement; and incentive grants to community colleges to "match" fee-for-service revenue. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Economic Development Coordination Network (EDNet).