Virtual launch event

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 2 pm to 3:30 pm EDT

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 provide these short, job-focused programs – 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 lays out the challenge ahead and proposes a roadmap for reform – how community colleges can and should step up as the nation’s premier provider of 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
Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 2 pm to 3:30 pm EDT