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Workforce and Economic Development

  • The "Market Responsive" Community College, a report, prepared for the U.S. Department of Education by Westat and the Academy for Educational Development (AED), that defines the characteristics of a market-driven college and identify the indicators and measures that can be used to determine the extent to which a college is market-driven.
    [downloadable files]MS WORD (198K) [downloadable files]PDF (152K)
  • The 21st Century Community College: A Strategic Guide to Maximizing Labor Market Responsiveness, a guide, prepared for the U.S. Department of Education by Westat and the Academy for Educational Development (AED), that will assist colleges wishing to become more market driven, to include:
    Volume 1: Unleashing the Power of the Community College
    [downloadable files]MS WORD (224K) [downloadable files]PDF (1019K)
    Volume 2:Promising Practices and Lessons from the Field
    [downloadable files]MS WORD (403K) [downloadable files]PDF (1814K)
    Volume 3: Self-Assessment Tools and Resources
    [downloadable files]MS WORD (323K) [downloadable files]PDF (642K)
  • Research Appendices to the 21st Century Community College, a compendium, produced for the U.S. Department of Education by Westat, of cross-college analyses and profiles of 30 colleges across ten labor markets examined to produce the Strategic Guide, as well as a discussion of measures kept by the colleges and their utility for assessing and improving labor market responsiveness.
    [downloadable files]MS WORD (2871K)
  • From Jobs to Careers: How California Community College Credentials Pay Off for Welfare Participants (Center for Law and Social Policy, 2004)[downloadable files]PDF.
    Report showing "that women receiving welfare in California who complete an Associate degree or certificate work more and earn substantially more in the two years after college than they did before college. In addition, while attending school, the women welfare participants were more likely to be employed than the general California welfare population."
  • U.S.Department of Labor, Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
    The goal of Title I of WIA is to improve the quality of the nation’s workforce. Qualified participants use an "individual training account" to select appropriate training program from providers, including community colleges.

Entrepreneurship Education

  • The Appalachian Regional Commission entrepreneurship Web site includes documents such as “Entrepreneurship Education: learning by doing,” a handbook to promote youth entrepreneurship published jointly with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2005.
  • The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (Center) is a Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) National Research & Policy Center with major support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.The primary goal of the Center is to support efforts that stimulate and support private and public entrepreneurship development in communities throughout rural America.
  • The Coleman Foundation, Inc. has awarded $24 million to universities, community colleges, high schools, and community-based organizations since 1981 through its Entrepreneurship Awareness and Education Grant.
  • The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, a national membership association of state and local providers, champions entrepreneurship education and provides leadership, technical assistance, advocacy, networking, and materials to state leaders for all levels of education and disciplines.
  • The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the major supporter of research and grants that promote entrepreneurship, works in partnerships to develop educational programs, train educators, and evaluate program effectiveness.Eight universities have received grants from the Kauffman Campuses Initiative to develop entrepreneurship education across the curriculum.
  • FastTrac®, a hands-on business development program, is designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage, and grow a successful business.Programs are offered at community colleges and business development centers.
  • Students in Free Enterprise, a global non-profit organization active in 47 countries, works in partnership with business.SIFE challenges teams of college students to develop community outreach projects that include entrepreneurship.

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