ERIC Number: ED480317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges and Economic Development.
This document argues that regions that sustain economic growth or recover rapidly from economic slumps are often the same communities that have aggressively developed and continue to strengthen collaborations with business and industry, universities, community colleges, high schools, and other key public and private sector entities. In San Diego and Imperial counties in California there are 6 community college districts, serving a total of more than 200,000 students each semester. These community colleges have developed a multi-faceted approach to ensuring that they are matching job-training programs to the workforce needs of the 21st century. The districts have developed the San Diego-Imperial Counties Community College Association, which aims to collaborate on training programs. The Association includes university administrators in its meetings, and intends to expand to include business and industry at the leadership level. This document describes the collaboration between the community colleges and the bioscience industry in the San Diego region. The colleges work with a bioscience association, as well as with individual companies, to plan for future and current workforce needs. Also describes regional economic development centers funded by the state of California, which include the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at San Diego and Workplace Learning Resource Centers. (NB)
Descriptors: Business, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Institutional Cooperation, Job Training, Leadership, Science Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.nga.org/cda/files/ATLANTAFORUM_GALLEGO.PDF.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA.