ERIC Number: ED470862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Career Advancement for Low-Income Workers through Community College and Community-Based Organization Partnerships.
An increasing number of community colleges (CCs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) are now working in partnership to develop education and training programs enabling low-income workers to gain the education and skills necessary to obtain higher-wage jobs and develop a foundation for lifelong learning and career advancement. The following elements constitute the basics of good program design: recruitment; orientation and preparation; education and/or training; in-program support; placement; and postplacement retention and advancement. A review of three Ohio-based CC/CBO partnerships identified the following issues for consideration when developing CC/CBO initiatives: (1) whether to focus on education attainment or achieving economic self-sufficiency; (2) how to best achieve educational success; and (3) other issues related to education and skills training (credentials, recruitment, participants' income/work, connecting with employers, retention strategies, funding and the changing fiscal landscape, and college credit). Those interested in forming CC/CBO partnerships should consider the following suggestions: (1) don't force a partnership; (2) acknowledge the challenges of partnership initiatives; (3) commit to up-front planning; (4) implement the mission and strategy as planned; (5) allocate adequate staff; (6) monitor and track progress from the start; (7) let unsuccessful partnerships die; and (8) remember to use partnership initiatives to tackle more systemic issues. (18 endnotes) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Articulation (Education), Career Development, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Community Organizations, Cooperative Planning, Counseling Services, Definitions, Educational Benefits, Educational Practices, Guidelines, Lifelong Learning, Low Income Groups, Models, Occupational Mobility, Partnerships in Education, Program Design, Program Development, Promotion (Occupational), School Community Relationship, Social Services, State of the Art Reviews, Training, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.kwfdn.org/Resources/career_advancement.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Cincinnati, OH.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio