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ERIC Number: ED535267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 76
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 92
Deploying Community Colleges to Strengthen State Economic Development: A National Study
Cleary, Jennifer; Fichtner, Aaron
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
State governments across the nation are engaging community colleges as cornerstones of their comprehensive economic development strategies. This report summarizes the efforts of 10 states, recommended by national experts, to deploy community colleges in support of state economic development priorities. The 10 states are: Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Iowa, South Carolina, Michigan, and Washington. The states profiled in this study use a variety of programs to deploy community colleges to provide substantial contributions to state economic development goals. State governments have created programs involving community colleges that raise the skill levels of all workers, provide training and other benefits to particular firms, and offer broad-based support to important sectors of the economy. While these programs take different forms, all share similar elements. The need for strong leadership, coordination, and partnerships among stakeholders, as well as access to ongoing funding was a consistent theme in interviews with state and local officials. In addition, all states profiled have focused their efforts on key industry clusters. Individual State Profiles are appended. [For "Deploying Community Colleges to Strengthen State Economic Development: A National Study. Executive Summary," see ED535266.]
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Rutgers University, 30 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Tel: 732-932-4100; Fax: 732-932-3454; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Iowa; Michigan; Mississippi; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Washington