Preparing America’s labor force: Workforce development programs in public community colleges

Preparing America’s labor force: Workforce development programs in public community colleges. Brookings Institution. Adela Soliz. December 9, 2016

The number of short, vocational credentials earned by students at public community colleges more than doubled between 2000 and 2012. Though there is a growing body of research suggesting that students benefit from earning these credentials, very little is known about which aspects of workforce training programs are essential for student success. This policy paper makes use of interview data from multiple STEM-focused workforce training programs at public community colleges around the country to identify five common characteristics of successful programs. In addition, this paper makes five policy recommendations for state policymakers and community college leaders who seek to develop successful workforce training programs. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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