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Community Colleges

Students | Faculty and Staff | Resources | Initiatives | Research | STEM


We hope that community college and other postsecondary students can use this list of resources to help them find a college, finance their education, manage their money, and obtain additional supports that can help them persist in school, as well as finding information on scholarships, internships, and career assistance.

Faculty and Staff

This section has a number of programs and resources of particular interest to the faculty and staff working with students at community colleges. In particular, you can find open educational resources that are free or low cost to access, several communities of practice for reaching out to peers at other institutions, and federal grants specifically for faculty development.


Here you will find information of interest to a wide variety of community college stakeholders (e.g., presidents, trustees, faculty, staff, students, families etc.). You will also find communities of practice we have developed for those working in Adult Education (see LINCS) and in Career and Technical Education (see PCRN).


Learn more about the current initiatives for community colleges and areas of interest to community college faculty, staff, and students. One of the most recent initiatives is America's College Promise. The My Brother's Keeper initiative addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. The White House Maker Faire initiative celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship in students learning STEM skills to power the renaissance in American manufacturing. In order to expand economic opportunity in America and enhance our global competitiveness, the President has also called for our workforce development system to be more job-driven and tasked Vice President Biden with developing a report on our current workforce investments. As part of this call, the President also set a goal for doubling the number of apprentices in the US as well as forming the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium. Many more initiatives can be found here.


In our Research section you'll find information that focuses on community college issues, such as work force development, and community college completion. You will find OCTAE's National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education which performs scientifically based research and evaluation to expand the understanding, increase the effectiveness, and improve the delivery of career and technical education (CTE), the Community College Research Center which assesses the problems and performance of community colleges in order to contribute to the development of practice and policy that expands access to higher education and promotes success for all students, and the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources with the goal of expanding access to education by promoting awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). Much more can be found here.


This page is a result of the Interagency Working Group on Undergraduate STEM Education (IWG Undergrad). The group consists of: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Space and Aeronautics Association (NASA), and the Smithsonian Institution. These links will provide community college students, teachers, presidents and faculty members’ resources for grant, educational and funding opportunities.

Last Modified: 07/15/2016