Among the few things we can predict about the future of work: skills gaps and mismatches, already constricting opportunity and slowing economic growth, are sure to grow – perhaps to crisis proportions. Community colleges are among the only institutions with the reach and scale that’s needed to address these gaps. They educate more people each year than coding boot camps, apprenticeship programs and government job training combined. But the nation’s 1,100 community colleges are highly uneven in quality, and many are focused on a different mission – preparing students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. What should the future look like? What innovations are being pioneered on the ground? What reforms are needed – from colleges and policymakers?

ARTICLE

Community colleges and career education Tamar Jacoby, Education Next, 11-28-18

PAPER

Rethinking the mission: Community colleges and workforce education Tamar Jacoby, American Enterprise Institute, November 2017

EVENTS

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