Examines the challenges adult learners face while attending community colleges and recommends strategies to help adult learners overcome these challenges.
“From 2008 to 2010, the Aspen’s Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative…conducted Courses to Employment (C2E), a study of six nonprofit-community college partnerships serving low-income communities and workers…The findings on students’ outcomes are encouraging, clearly showing that these partnerships help students persist in college to complete training and obtain a better job once their training is finished. To help students accomplish these goals, however, partnerships must address a number of student barriers or ‘traps’ on the path to college enrollment, completion, and employment or career advancement. This brief describes some of those traps, as identified by adult learners and workforce leaders at the community colleges and nonprofits involved in C2E partnerships. It also offers examples of strategies that C2E partnerships use to address these traps” (p. 2-3). (Abstractor: Author)