ERIC Number: ED470457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Building a Career Pathways System: Promising Practices in Community College-Centered Workforce Development.
Alssid, Julian L.; Gruber, David; Jenkins, Davis; Mazzeo, Christopher; Roberts, Brandon; Stanback-Stroud, Regina
This report follows an initial study that identified evolving best practices in workforce development. The prior study defined three themes that reflect a developing consensus among policymakers and researchers and point to the opportunities for a career pathways model. These themes included: (1) individuals need some form of postsecondary education and training in order to become financially self-sufficient for the long-term future; (2) the nation's community colleges are in a position to help provide disadvantaged individuals with the skills and education they need to alleviate poverty; and (3) a workforce development system can help individuals find employment by becoming the skilled workers demanded by employers. This report identifies problems in developing effective models for workforce education, including lack of resources, interests, and coordination. The report also details, through case studies and policy review, how to accomplish the goals of workforce preparation and education in the form of community college programs, community and regional partnerships, and state policy. Recommendations are presented for community college-level administrators, community and regional-level policymakers, state administrators, community college system policymakers, and California institutions. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Workforce Strategy Center, Brooklyn, NY.