Examines the increasingly important role of community colleges as providers of affordable education and centers for local needs-based employment training.

“[T]he community college is an intricate institution offering pathways to credentials, degrees, and retraining opportunities for those with and without college credentials; they operate as engines of economic development. To date, the multifunctional nature of the community college mission limited [the authors’] ability to understand these colleges’ role in sustaining the nation’s general welfare” (p.7).

“This brief provides a framework and supporting data to detail some of the public and private benefits to the various community college missions. In order to continue to provide these benefits and fill-in where other opportunities for education and training once stood, public investments in the education and training community colleges provide need to equalize and stabilize, if not increase” (p.4).

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