The economy is changing and with it, America’s demand for labor. A high school diploma is rarely enough, but not every student needs a four-year college degree. Community colleges are among the institutions best positioned to prepare students for the workforce, and many are experimenting with a new approach, putting career education at the center of the college’s mission and culture. What does this new landscape look like? What will it take to bring it to scale across the US? What reforms are needed – on campus and from policymakers?

Community college career education: Scaling a new approach Lumina Foundation, July 2019
An unknown landscape: Short-term job-focused college programs Opportunity America, June 2019
Rethinking the mission: Community colleges and workforce education American Enterprise Institute, November 2017

Community colleges and career education Education Next, 11-28-18
The untapped potential of community college career education Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, 8-7-19

An unknown landscape: Short-term job-focused college programs Capitol Hill briefing, 7-30-19
Rethinking CUNY for a changing economy Center for an Urban Future, 12-4-18
Workforce education: New Jersey as a laboratory for America Cosponsored by Opportunity America, American Enterprise Institute and Advance CTE, 5-1-18
Improving CTE by reforming community college American Enterprise Institute, 11-15-17

In spring 2019, Opportunity America convened a working group of nationally known educators, researchers and policy thinkers to propose a new vision for community college workforce education. In fall 2020, the group will release a blueprint for change that builds on the innovation taking place on campuses across the US – how community colleges can put workforce education more at the center of their mission and culture.