ERIC Number: EJ1059466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Six Workforce Development Initiatives That Are Laying the Pathway to Success
Fox, Heather L.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v39 n8 p727-740 2015
Workforce development interventions have historically been heavily driven by federal funding, much of which was designated towards short-term training programs (less than six months) and rarely involved interaction or collaboration among colleges. The resulting efforts by the colleges to improve, update, or expand their workforce development programs typically focused on short-term localized improvement, resulting in competition over limited resources and notable variation in the quality of these programs. This article explores the recent changes in how community colleges and funding bodies are approaching workforce development. This is done by exploring the following six recent workforce development initiatives: Bridges to Opportunity (2002-2008), Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST, 2004-present), Breaking Through (2006-present), Shifting Gears (2007-2011), Accelerating Opportunity (2011-present), and Completion by Design (2011-present). Each of these initiatives has made, and continue to make, significant contributions to our collective understanding of how to create and sustain workforce development programs at community colleges that meet the needs of both students and industry.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Labor Force Development, Financial Support, Two Year College Students, School Business Relationship, Adult Students, Adult Basic Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Education Work Relationship, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education; Adult Basic Education; Elementary Education
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