Analyzes how the public workforce system and community colleges collaborate to better meet the training needs of America’s workforce; discusses key findings and lessons learned; and offers recommendations that may strengthen these partnerships based on qualitative data collected from 15 different site visits to pairs of One-Stop Career Centers and community colleges across the U.S.

In recent years, policy‐makers have increased their focus on the potential of community colleges to train America’s workforce to compete effectively in the global economy. For example, in October 2010, the White House hosted the first‐ever Summit on Community Colleges....Another example is the Community College and Career Training Initiative (2010), which is part of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.  This initiative provides $2 billion over four years to help increase completion of degrees, certificates, and other credentials at community colleges.  This project continues the administration’s emphasis on finding ways to improve collaborations between One‐Stops and community colleges that can increase the effectiveness of training the American workforce” (p.1-2).  

After providing an overview of the structure of One-Stop Career Centers and community colleges, the authors then describe the research methodology of the study, which was published in 2011. First, they conducted a literature review “…to obtain a baseline understanding of how One‐Stops and community colleges currently collaborate and to identify gaps in this collaboration” (p.22). Through this literature review, the authors learned about promising strategies for effective partnerships between One-Stop Career Centers and community colleges. “For example, some promising strategies include sharing [Labor Market Information] and participating in joint strategic planning” (p.23). Next, they discuss how they selected the 15 sites to ensure they were representative of the entire country. Last, they describe how they conducted their qualitative data analysis and identified major themes, including:

·         “One‐Stop Career Center strengths,  

·         Community college strengths,

·         Factors that enhance collaboration, and

·         Factors that inhibit collaboration” (p.34).

The last three sections of the report discuss key findings, lessons learned, and offer recommendations for future research that may help improve the efficacy of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.   

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Full publication title: Improving America’s Workforce Through Enhanced Collaboration between the Public Workforce System and Community Colleges