ERIC Number: ED477203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Cluster-Based Workforce Development: A Community College Approach. White Paper.
Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., Carrboro, NC.
This paper is a response to the collective interests expressed by a network of the leadership of ten U.S. community college systems to better understand how community colleges can support emerging state cluster-based economic development strategies. The intent is to proved concrete applications of a cluster-based model that inform both workforce and economic development policy and decision makers, bringing together two agendas that states usually pursue separately. The paper presents an initial model of a cluster-based workforce delivery system based on: (1) college practices observed and studied in the U.S. and around the world; (2) direct experience with cluster building strategies; (3) emerging theories and innovations; and (4) the experience and wisdom of members of the network. According to the authors, industry clusters have become the new mantra for economic development policy. Regional technical institutions are best able to focus on and respond to regional economies. Therefore, the paper argues, these institutions would do well to practice institutional and system-wide cooperation in order to develop specific expertise that will help them to become a particular business cluster's center of excellence. The paper presents an assortment of special features that some colleges have added to address the needs of clusters. The choices colleges make should reflect industry and student needs; local availability of and access to programs, services, and budgets; and long-term development plans of the state and region. (Contains 13 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Business, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Economic Development, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Programs, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., Carrboro, NC.