ERIC Number: EJ925891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: N/A
On Your Mark
Gibbons, Jim; Templin, Robert, Jr.
Community College Journal, v81 n5 p22-24 Apr-May 2011
Many have heard calls from national policy experts, the Obama administration, and influential foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education to increase the number of Americans with postsecondary credentials earned at community colleges by 5 million within 10 years. If community colleges choose to run this race solo, America will not reach the finish line in time. Community colleges alone cannot effectively serve most low-wage working adults or displaced workers. Fortunately, nonprofit job-training providers such as Goodwill and others excel at providing exactly these types of services to help low-income family breadwinners launch new and higher-paying careers. Together, America's 1,200 community colleges and local Goodwill organizations form an ideal relay team to help hundreds of thousands of America's 97 million adults with a high school diploma but no college credential achieve career and college success. In 2010, Goodwill Industries International (GII), NOVA, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and other key partners formed the national C[superscript 4] initiative, which stands for the Community College/Career Collaboration initiative. The authors describe three innovative, results-driven partnership models that are currently being documented for potential replication.
Descriptors: Expertise, Credentials, Dislocated Workers, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Teamwork, Labor Market, Job Training, Adults, Low Income Groups, Reentry Workers, Leaders, Leadership, Job Skills, Adult Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Texas; Virginia