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ERIC Number: EJ873953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
When Commitment to Community Hurts Community Colleges
Nespoli, Lawrence A.; McDonnell, Edward; Bowman, Robert
Community College Journal, v75 n6 p42-45 Jun-Jul 2005
Commitment to community is the cornerstone of the community college mission. Community colleges were created to serve the needs of their local communities, and that commitment to community continues to be a very good thing at community colleges throughout the country. But when commitment to community is so strong that colleges become too parochial--focusing solely on their local communities--that is not a good thing. Colleges like this are less likely to see possible partnerships with neighboring community colleges, and they are even less likely to see the larger opportunities that statewide programs provide. As a result, in some states, community colleges are not directly connected to state workforce development programs in a meaningful way. America needs new structures that move past the parochial interests of individual colleges and connect the statewide resources of community colleges to the state's workforce development priorities. The author describes the new workforce consortium in New Jersey as the kind of new structure needed in the state. The authors believe it has great potential as a national model for community college workforce development programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey