As the nation rebuilds in the wake of the pandemic, millions of Americans will need fast, job-focused upskilling and reskilling before they can return to work. No institution is better positioned to take up the challenge – new demand for safety training, technical training, IT training and more – than the nation’s 1,100 two-year community and technical colleges.

A new report by a group of educators and education policy thinkers outlines a strategy for community colleges – urging them to step up in the wake of the Covid crisis as the nation’s premier provider of workforce education.

REPORT

Full report
Executive summary
Executive summary (PDF)
Infographic
Signatories

MEMBERS OF THE OPPORTUNITY AMERICA WORKING GROUP ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORKFORCE EDUCATION

Kenneth Adams, dean of workforce and economic development, Bronx Community College
Julian L. Alssid, former vice president of workforce development, Community College of Rhode Island
Peter Riley Bahr, associate professor, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan
Michael Bettersworth, vice chancellor, Texas State Technical College
Earl Buford, CEO, Partner4Work
Ryan Craig, cofounder and managing director, University Ventures
Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, senior fellow, National Skills Coalition
Aaron Fichtner, president, New Jersey Council of County Colleges
Joseph Fuller, professor of management practice, Harvard Business School
Sean Gallagher, executive professor of educational policy, Northeastern University
Kimberly Green, executive director, Advance CTE
Tamar Jacoby, president, Opportunity America
Kemi Jona, assistant vice chancellor for digital innovation and enterprise learning, Northeastern University
Anne Kress, president, Northern Virginia Community College
Russell McCaffery, dean of transportation programs, Broward College
Ajita Menon, interim president and CEO, Calbright College
Steven Partridge, vice president for strategic partnerships and workforce innovation, Northern Virginia Community College
Bill Pink, president, Grand Rapids Community College
Robert Schwartz, senior research fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Matt Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies
Hanna Skandera, member, Colorado state board for community colleges and occupational education
Monty Sullivan, president, Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Member biographies