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Community Colleges

Students | Faculty and Staff | 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.


Learn more about the current initiatives for community colleges and areas of interest to community college faculty, staff, and students.


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: 05/13/2022