"Promising practice partnership examples from eight community colleges that capture the most progressive and replicable elements for economic development success, including tools useful for partnership planning, management, and evaluation from programs, policymakers, and intermediaries."

The American Association of Community Colleges Center for Workforce and Economic Development (the Center) and the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) created a compendium of promising practices and tools to address the necessary components for long-term sustainability of an effective. 

 - Time and financial maintenance

-  Evolving collaborative practices as partnerships become more complex

-  Multifaceted and interrelated employment, education and training, and social dynamics with increasingly diminished public resources.

In this report, the Center and NCEE have gathered promising practice partnership examples from community colleges across the country to capture the most progressive and replicable elements for economic development success. In addition to the case studies, the Center collected tools useful for partnership planning, management, and evaluation from programs, policymakers, and intermediaries.

"The material in this publication is intended for use by community college leaders and staff who have institutional responsibilities and interact with external audiences in fundraising, sustainability, or capacity building. As experts at interacting with workforce boards, economic development entities, businesses, community organizations, workers’ organizations, and other public entities, community colleges aptly have the vision and capacity to time, leverage, and appropriately maintain these continuously evolving partnerships for local labor market growth" (p.2). (Abstractor: Author)