Economic Development

October 2014
Every time she attends a class at Tidewater Community College's Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, Melia Trost has another "aha" moment. Whether it's a marketing recommendation, website help, or advice on event planning, Trost takes back practical recommendations she can implement at Samantha Makes It a Little Easier, Inc., a nonprofit she started in 2012 that provides needy children with medical equipment. "I love the classes; they're wonderful," Trost said. "I knew enough about being a volunteer, but not the nitty-gritty. It's a business." Trost completed her Certificate in Nonprofit...
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October 2014
Dr. Linwood Powell, Chair of the State Board of Community Colleges, presented the Distinguished Partners in Excellence Award to representatives of College of the Albemarle (COA) and Currituck County at a Board of Trustees meeting in spring 2014. This prestigious North Carolina Community College System award recognized the college's and county's collaborative efforts and vision in building the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Currituck County.  "This honor is affirmation that the college and Currituck County have engaged in a significant opportunity for workforce and...
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July 2014
The proliferation of composite materials used in our aerospace, transportation, infrastructure, and recreation sectors is creating a growing need for waste management and sustainable practices. Couple this with current and pending legislation, and it becomes clear why businesses need to focus on new recycling technologies. Although many companies have extensive research and development efforts underway, including both reclamation and re-use of composite materials, training people for careers that utilize recycling technologies is new for educational institutions. One college helping to lead...
May 2014
Greenville Technical College and Clemson University announced in November 2013 an agreement to educate the advanced manufacturing workforce to serve the automotive, transportation, and other high-tech sectors. According to a memorandum of understanding signed by Greenville Technical College President, Dr. Keith Miller, and James Barker, then president of Clemson University, the vision is for collaboration between a leading research university, an innovative technical college, and advanced manufacturers, creating a center that enhances the development and implementation of advanced...
March 2014
In 2009, the Northwest College of Houston Community College (HCC) proposed the development of a Center for Entrepreneurship in response to local business leaders who requested assistance in reviving an economically declining area of town. The leaders sought ways to create jobs and revitalize the local business community. Seven key strategies were developed to address this challenge: The creation of strategic partnerships with key economic drivers: management districts, chambers, Community Development Financial Institutions, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Minority Supplier Development...
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March 2014
The energy and passion is palatable to anyone who tours Sacramento Hacker Lab, a place where entrepreneurs, hobbyists, students, artists, retirees, and corporate employees mix, inspire, and produce in incubator offices and hands-on fabricating space. Models, custom parts, video game characters, and aquaponics system components are being made on a professional level 3D printer thanks to the Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technology (CACT), based in Rocklin, CA. The Sierra Community College District covers Placer, Nevada, and parts of Sacramento County, and stretches from...
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2014
This document in the final report of the League for Innovation's Community Colleges and Public Health Project, published in fall 2014. It provides background on the role of community colleges in education for public health and provides two broad curricular models for community college certificate and degree programs, including "Public Health Generalist and Specializations" and "Health Navigators." The project was initiatied in partnership with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Framing the Future task force. 
2008
The League's College and Careers Transition Initiative (CCTI) engaged high schools, community colleges, and businesses in a process to improve career and technical education systems, programs, strategies, and outcomes. This monograph reports on examples of these systems changes that resulted from CCTI participation: expanded use of career pathways; improved academic instruction; improved CTE instruction; measures to improve college readiness; high school-college partnerships and articulation; education-business partnerships; advising and student success initiatives; and data-driven decision ...
2007
As the centerpiece of conferences and federal initiatives across the educational spectrum, career pathways could be seen as be the latest fad offering community colleges the promise of increased funding and student success. In contrast, the authors of this paper contend that career pathways are the building blocks of a critically needed systemic transformation that will position community colleges as leaders in the effort to address some of the most pressing economic and social concerns facing the country today--not as a short term fix or project, but as incubators of innovation capable of...
March 2006
Almost heaven. At least, that's what folks attending the annual Virginia Mountain Music Festival near Richlands, Virginia, are inclined to think. The festival, a 30-year-old tradition, is held on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College, nestled at the foot of the Clinch Mountains on 185 acres of hills and rolling valleys. It's all part of the college's commitment to the community aspect of community college. "This event is our gift to the deserving people of our service area" is how Charles King puts it. President since Southwest's establishment in 1967, King sees to it that the...
Resources from the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project Section I Program Summary Section II Sample Work Plan Section III Impact on Individual and Community Section IV Success Stories Section V Challenges and Lessons Learned Section VI Collaborative Partnerships Section VII Project Forms, Documents and Other Materials Application Intake Form Section VIII Project Publicity and Donor Recognition Flyer - CCENT Flyer - PC Pro Flyer - STEM Flyer - Technology Section IX Sample Sustainability Plan
Section I Developing the Model Section II Piloting the Model Section III: Documenting the Pilot Central Piedmont Community College Cuyahoga Community College Sinclair Community College Section IV: Sample Documentation Instruments Seattle Colleges (prototype) Manufacturing Certificate Central Piedmont Community College Computer Certificate PC Pro Certificate Cuyahoga Community College Network Support Certificate Sinclair Community College Call Center Certificate Manufacturing Certificate Manufacturing Certificate Back Side
Resources from the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project Section I Program Summary Section II Sample Work Plan Section III Impact on Individual and Community Section IV Success Stories Section V Challenges and Lessons Learned Section VI Collaborative Partnerships Section VII Project Forms, Documents and Other Materials Employee Development Plan Client Check List Enrollment Form Section VIII Project Publicity and Donor Recognition Flyer Rack Card Section IX Sample Sustainability Plan
Each of the 12 colleges/college districts participating in the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project is providing detailed information about the projects in an effort to disseminate promising and best practices. We hope that other colleges can benefit from the experiences of the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 colleges and college districts. Please note that the information posted in Toolkit and Resources is based on the 12 independent projects designed by each college/college district. The Toolkit and Resources for each college/college district include the following: program summary; sample work...
Resources from the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project Section I Program Summary Section II Sample Work Plan Section III Impact on Individual and Community Section IV Success Stories Section V Challenges and Lessons Learned Section VI Collaborative Partnerships Section VII Project Forms, Documents and Other Materials Application Demographics Form Section VIII Project Publicity and Donor Recognition Press Release 1 Press Release 2 Section IX Sample Sustainability Plan

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