ERIC Number: ED503490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Workforce Development to Economic Development: A Casebook for Community Colleges
Rothwell, William J., Ed.; Gerity, Patrick E., Ed.
Community College Press (NJ3)
"Linking Workforce Development to Economic Development: A Casebook for Community Colleges" is a compilation of best practice examples, which illustrate what it takes for community colleges to achieve their goal of helping people acquire education and skills, helping employers, supporting communities, and building the nation. The book is written for workforce developers in community colleges and branch campus settings. College administrators, public officials, and employers may also find that the book provides a frame of reference for directing or judging the quality of community college workforce developers, the functions they oversee, the results they obtain, and the services they offer. The book is also intended as a supplementary text for students who are preparing for careers in the world of workforce development in community colleges or for roles as economic development professionals. This book was written as a supplement to "Linking Training to Performance: A Guide for Workforce Development Professionals"; the 28 case studies illustrate how workforce development in community colleges is expanding beyond a limited training role alone. While training remains an important role for community colleges, these colleges are also positioned in their communities to provide an array of outreach services. This casebook underscores these new, emerging roles while also describing successes with more traditional workforce training. The cases are categorized into five parts: (1) Cases in which community colleges improved organizational competitiveness through training; (2) Cases in which community colleges improved organizational competitiveness through business consulting; (3) Cases in which community colleges enhanced individual employability through career development; (4) Cases in which community colleges supported community development; and (5) Cases in which community colleges supported economic development. Collectively, the cases offer a number of lessons about best practices, including (1) Focus on key stakeholders of the community college whether those stakeholders are individuals, employers, the community, or other groups; (2) Make a decided effort to determine stakeholder needs; (3) Make an effort to find out the best ways to meet those needs, whether by training or by other interventions, that will get desired results; (4) Be willing to deliver programs in innovative ways; (5) Capture information about the measurable results obtained; and (6) Communicate to the stakeholders served and other interested individuals and groups about the results obtained. Reported studies include: (1) A Unique Partnership: Lewis and Clark Community College and Olin Corporation (Kent Scheffel); (2) Dyersburg State Community College and the Goodyear Maintenance Technician Co-Op Program (Bob Phillips); (3) New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development (Lawrence Nespoli, Edward McDonnell, and Robert Bowman); (4) Novices Fill Technology Gaps (Susan J.Wells); (5) The CATT's Meow (Cecile S. Holmes); (6) Banking Consortium Cashes in on State Funding (Jana Bowers); (7) Job-Readiness Program Is a Win-Win in Atlantic City (Nancy Wong); (8) Atlantic Cape Community College: Working Closely with the Workforce Investment Board (Patricia A. Owens); (9) WEDnetPA: The Creation of the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (Patrick E. Gerity, Larry Michael, and Tom Venditti); (10) Niagara County Community College Center Helps Small Businesses Get Rolling (Joe Iannarelli); (11) Community Colleges in the Lead with Homeland Security (Marilyn Gilroy); (12) Community College, University, and Corporate Partnership to Combat Employment Shortages (Valerie J. Palamountain); (13) The Career Pathways Initiative at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (Keith Bird); (14) The Career Pathways Initiative at Gateway Community and Technical College (Keith Bird); (15) The Career Pathways Initiative at Owensboro Community and Technical College (Keith Bird); (16) Brownfields Training Program Readies Environmental Workers in North Carolina (Fran Daniel); (17) Encouraging Careers in Manufacturing (Anne C. Lewis); (18) Economic Development Office Provides Career Development to Entrepreneurs in Virginia (Meghann Cotter); (19) Effective Community Involvement and Partnerships (Trenton Wright); (20) Building Business Partnerships (BusinessWest); (21) Housatonic Community College Brings Employees and Businesses Together (The Business Times); (22) Local Demand Should Drive Community College Efforts (Vocational Training News); (23) Transformation of an Organization to a Lean Enterprise: Economic Development Implications (John F. Blasdell and John D. Piccolo); (24) Johnson County Community College and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Form a Unique Partnership (Dan Radakovich); (25) Colorado Community Colleges: Full Partners in Economic Development (Jim L. Raughton); (26) From Swords to Suppliers: The Role of a Community College in Defense Conversion (James Jacobs); (27) World-Class Training Center Helps South Carolina Companies Compete Globally (Don C. Garrison); and (28) Community College of Southern Nevada Looks to Spur Economic Growth (Valerie Miller). A Foreword (John J. Sygeilski); Introduction (Michael J. Brna); Afterword: Lessons Learned; Appendix of Online Resources; and index are included. (Individual studies contain references.) [For "Linking Training to Performance: A Guide for Workforce Development Professionals," see ED485869.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Labor Force Development, Economic Development, Best Practices, Case Studies, Community Development, Career Development, Consultation Programs, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Job Training, School Community Relationship
Community College Press. Available from American Association of Community Colleges. One Dupont Circle NW Suite 410, Washington, DC 20015. Tel: 202-728-0200; Fax: 202-833-2467; Web site: http://www.aacc.nche.edu
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: Students; Administrators
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges
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