ERIC Number: ED453883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Rural Community College Initiative II. Economic Development. AACC Project Brief.
Eller, Ronald; Martinez, Ruben; Pace, Cynthia; Pavel, Michael; Garza, Hector; Barnett, Lynn
This report addresses the Rural Community College Initiative (RCCI) from the American Association of Community Colleges, which seeks to enhance the capacity of targeted community colleges to expand access to postsecondary education and help foster regional economic development. The Ford Foundation has made a decade-long commitment to community colleges in distressed rural areas of the United States through RCCI. The underlying assumption is that rural community colleges must take a leading role in human capital development as well as economic development. Especially in distressed areas, the community college is often the institution best capable of initiating and nurturing the local partnerships and regional collaborations that can help solve critical community problems. The RCCI focus is on specific geographic regions--the Southeast, Deep South, Southwest, Appalachia, and western Indian reservations--where communities face out-migration and stagnant or declining economies. The nine pilot RCCI colleges initiated a variety of demonstration projects that sought to improve the economic environment in their communities and to enhance economic opportunities for their people. While differing according to the distinct context and assets of each community, these strategies shared the following themes: entrepreneurship and small business development programs; workforce training activities; leadership development programs; and partnerships and alliances for regional economic development. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.