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ERIC Number: ED541868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
Changing Lives, Building a Workforce: Preparing Community College Students for Jobs and Careers
ACT, Inc.
The importance of community colleges has never been as recognized by the country's state and national elected officials as it is today. Community colleges are viewed as an essential, if not the most essential, resource in addressing the economic and workforce development needs of many regions and communities across the country. This paper examines several challenges community colleges will need to address to meet workforce development demands and reach their full potential in preparing community college students for jobs and careers. The challenges identified are driven by ACT's accumulated data sets that illuminate three important workforce pipeline gaps: "skill", "degree target", and "planning". While the recommendations are not intended to be definitive answers, they are meant to contribute to the discussion, suggesting ways to help light the path for community colleges and to be responsive to changing workforce development needs. (Contains 3 tables.)
ACT, Inc. 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. Tel: 319-337-1270; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.