Employment: Archives 2014 & Earlier

The Power of the Education-Industry Partnership

The Power of the Education-Industry Partnership: Fostering Innovation in Collaboration Between Community Colleges and Businesses

The Center for American Progress

 Collaboration between community colleges and business leaders as part of the “new vocationalism” educational movement may provide individuals not suited to a traditional college curriculum with the skills to succeed in the labor market, according to this report. Because community colleges seem to  “stand closest to the crossroads of higher education and the real world,” compared with other postsecondary institutions, academic programs that offer professional development resources, instructional courses and other support mechanisms can help students to balance classroom education with workforce participation.

Community colleges currently serve an estimated 12 million students but many students do not complete the curriculum; just  22 percent of full-time students on average complete their degree. Taking into consideration the “life realities” of community college students, the new vocationalism model would supplement classroom coursework with “real world content and values offering applied and work-based learning experiences” while simultaneously benefitting area businesses and economy.

Because most community colleges are not currently designed to include vocational programming, the author of the report suggests that five “best practices” are needed in order to implement a new classroom structure, including adjusting curriculum and credential requirements, developing campus career centers, providing support for faculty and staff, creating leadership bodies to manage partnerships with businesses and workplaces and integrating university programs.

The report also highlights three case studies of collaborative partnerships that have already benefitted students. In Louisville, Ky., for example, students at Metropolitan College were able to work night shifts at UPS and attend classes during the day. Students were able to defer tuition but had to attend workplace training programs. The number of UPS workers with college degrees at that location increased from 8 percent in 1998 to 45 percent just over a decade later. UPS also benefitted from a higher job retention rate among its workers.

Research on collaboration efforts is limited; the author suggests policymakers must focus on how to secure funding for and encourage development of these partnerships.

Free, 15 pages, http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/09/pdf/community_colleges.pdf.

Comments

Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

DONORS & DONOR TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Recent Comments

Categories

Archives

Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top