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ERIC Number: EJ873903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
N.J.'s Community College Compact: A Strategic Blueprint for Workforce Development Programs
Nespoli, Lawrence A.; Lam, Linda; Farbman, Jacob
Community College Journal, v74 n6 p26-28 Jun-Jul 2004
Workforce development is the key to future economic growth. Community colleges stand ready to play the key role in workforce development programs across the country. For community college leaders, the connection between their colleges and workforce development is obvious. Community college leaders understand, for example, that community college programs provide workers with the skill sets necessary to succeed in the new jobs of the 21st century. Community college leaders understand that when companies are deciding where to locate or relocate, they especially want to know that they will find well-trained technical workers in the local workforce. But for many state policymakers, the connection between community colleges and state workforce development priorities is not always intuitively clear. What, then, can community college leaders do to better promote their colleges to state policymakers and, more specifically, provide context for the role of community colleges in state workforce development programs? Gov. James E. McGreevey of New Jersey got it right when he recognized workforce development as a top priority in his recent state-of-the-state message. The governor later followed up by signing an executive order creating a new Community College Compact. This will provide for a statewide systemic approach to workforce development, with community colleges as the backbone. Recognizing the community college role in workforce development through a gubernatorial executive order was an historic moment for New Jersey's community colleges. It may even be a landmark event for community colleges nationally. The New Jersey Community College Compact does three things: (1) It pledges the appointment of community college representatives to key state workforce development agencies and organizations; (2) It fully deploys community colleges in support of the state's workforce development programs; and (3) It creates a permanent partnership between colleges and state government by requiring the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the state association for New Jersey's 19 community colleges, to prepare an annual report to the governor with recommendations on how to strengthen the compact in future years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey