ERIC Number: ED451863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Working Connections: Class of 2002. Project Brief.
Becker, Kristin; Barnett, Lynn
Working Connections is a program resulting from a partnership between the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Microsoft Corporation. The program was designed to help increase the number of skilled information technology (IT) workers by providing focused training in IT careers. Since 1998, AACC and Microsoft have awarded cash grants, software, and technical assistance to 63 community colleges to help them create and enhance their IT training programs. Working Connections has four primary objectives: (1) business/industry outreach--to create strong relationships with local businesses and industry and tailor programs to meet their needs; (2) IT curriculum development--to develop or strengthen IT program content through certificates and associate degree programs; (3) workforce development--to deliver quality IT education and training, with a special focus on attracting people from disadvantaged populations; and (4) faculty/staff development--to increase community college faculty and staff expertise in IT. Proposed plans of the new recipients are highlighted. Recipients include: Bristol Community College (Massachusetts), Fashion Institute of Technology (New York), Ilisagvik College (Alaska), Kentucky Community and Technical College System, St. Petersburg Junior College (Florida), San Diego City College (California), Southwest Virginia Community College, and Southwestern Oregon Community College. Past recipients are also listed, with contact information for each institution. (CJW)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Grants, Information Technology, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.