With its recommendations on setting a new course for community colleges for the next decade on the table, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has started work on developing strategies to implement those plans, beginning with workforce development.
AACC last week convened community college leaders from across the country to discuss workforce development and the implications of the recommendations in AACC’s Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future. The participants reviewed AACC initiatives, how the association can best support member colleges in workforce and economic development, and policy considerations in the field.
“Workforce is so important to our country and to what we do at AACC,” said Walter Bumphus, the association’s president and CEO, noting that he will use input from the implementation teams to help him develop priorities for the report’s recommendations.
The report, released in April by a blue-ribbon commission, focused on three broad areas of improvement: redesigning students’ educational experience, reinventing institutional roles and resetting the system. The commission included seven recommendations under those three areas, from improving college readiness, to strategically targeting public and private investments. (Read more.)