ERIC Number: EJ794054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
Global Business and the Community College: Realizing the Economic Benefits of Advocating for Two-Year Institutions
Green, William D.
Community College Journal, v78 n4 p34-37 Feb-Mar 2008
U.S. innovation and a hardworking American workforce have paved the way for improvements in the lives of Americans that are simply incalculable. Over the past several years, this progress has led to unprecedented growth and prosperity. More recently, scholars have been warning of a "quiet crisis"-- the steady erosion of America's scientific and engineering base as they move to a truly global economy. Though all of those in business stand to benefit greatly from closer ties with their counterparts overseas, globalization has magnified the fact that America's education system is in need of serious improvement and an infusion of support from government and business. Education includes, of course, workforce preparation. If this is not made a priority, Americans will continue to lose ground to their competitors in a global economy. That's where community colleges and two-year programs can play a major role. Community colleges are critically important in preparing students for real-world challenges. They prepare students to support local businesses--the backbone of communities. In this article, the author describes the economic benefits of advocating for community colleges and calls on the private sector to support community colleges.
Descriptors: Private Sector, Community Colleges, Institutions, Global Approach, Government School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Human Capital, Labor Force Development, School Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A