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Improving the Lives of Working Families

Business and Community College Partnerships: A How-To Guide

October 3, 2011

today s objectives
Today’s Objectives
  • Understand the mission of Corporate Voices and our work around the skills gap and Learn and Earn partnerships
  • Learn the business perspective of these partnerships and begin the framework for a business engagement strategy for your organization
  • Provide information on the community college perspective of these partnerships
  • Learn from the experiences of others
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Discussion Questions

  • Why are business and community college partnerships imperative to business needs?
  • Why are these partnerships imperative to community college needs?
about corporate voices
About Corporate Voices
  • Founded in 2001
  • National business membership organization
    • Represent private sector in dialogue on social policy issues involving working families
  • More than 50 partner companies
    • Annual net revenues more than $1 trillion
    • More than 4 million employees
    • All 50 states 
how we do it
How We Do It
  • We combine:
    • Research
    • Collaboration
    • Business best practices
    • Advocacy
  • We work with partners to:
    • Create and influence the adoption of corporate and public policy
    • Better support working families

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higher education and the labor market
Higher Education and the Labor Market

63% of all jobs will require some college or better by 2018.

Source: Analysis of March CPS data,

Center on Education and the Workforce

workforce trends and truths
Workforce Trends and Truths

63% will require some postsecondary education

Source: Center on Education and the Workforce Ready or Not and Help Wanted

overview of learn and earn

Working-student friendly employer practices and policies

COLLEGES

Overview of Learn and Earn

Unpaid Credit-bearing Internships

EMPLOYERS

Off–Campus Work Study

On–Campus Work Study

Working-student friendly college practices and policies

Professional Tracks*: MD, JD, CPA, PE

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Discussion Question

What’s the first step in creating partnerships with business?

stakeholders wheel right connections from the start
Stakeholders Wheel: Right Connections from the Start

Business and Community College Partnerships

Community College Divisions

Business Divisions

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Discussion Question

Keys to successful partnerships?

keys to successful partnerships
Keys to Successful Partnerships
  • Common Objectives
  • Trust and Respect
  • Leadership
  • Flexibility
  • Language and Culture
  • Environmental Scan
  • Clearly Defined Roles and Expectations
  • Timing
  • Measurement and Data
  • Communication

Source: Across the Great Divide

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Q & A

Other Questions?

today s objectives1
Today’s Objectives
  • Understand the mission of Corporate Voices and our work around the skills gap and Learn and Earn partnerships
  • Learn the business perspective of these partnerships and begin the framework for a business engagement strategy for your organization
  • Provide information on the community college perspective of these partnerships
  • Learn from the experiences of others
about corporate voices1
About Corporate Voices
  • Founded in 2001
  • National business membership organization
    • Represent private sector in dialogue on social policy issues involving working families
  • More than 50 partner companies
    • Annual net revenues more than $1 trillion
    • More than 4 million employees
    • All 50 states 
overview of learn and earn1

Working-student friendly employer practices and policies

COLLEGES

Overview of Learn and Earn

Unpaid Credit-bearing Internships

EMPLOYERS

Off–Campus Work Study

On–Campus Work Study

Working-student friendly college practices and policies

Professional Tracks*: MD, JD, CPA, PE

stakeholders wheel right connections from the start1
Stakeholders Wheel: Right Connections from the Start

Business and Community College Partnerships

Community College Divisions

Business Divisions

keys to successful partnerships1
Keys to Successful Partnerships
  • Common Objectives
  • Trust and Respect
  • Leadership
  • Flexibility
  • Language and Culture
  • Environmental Scan
  • Clearly Defined Roles and Expectations
  • Timing
  • Measurement and Data
  • Communication

Source: Across the Great Divide

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strengths of community college partners
Strengths of Community College Partners
  • Flexibility and Speed
  • Dedicated Faculty & Staff
  • Single Point of Contact
  • Student Support
  • Tutoring and Advisement Services
  • Academic and Career Planning
  • Cost-effective
  • Customized Curriculum
  • Corporate Capacity Building
  • Flexible Course Scheduling and Delivery
  • Community Partnerships
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Articulation Agreements
  • Foundation and General Education
  • Prior Learning Assessment

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Discussion Questions

What other strengths do community colleges bring to partnerships with business?

strengths of business partners
Strengths of Business Partners
  • Competency Needs
  • Dedicated Staff
  • Local Support Staff
  • Promotion of Opportunities
  • Awareness and Recruitment Opportunities
  • Career Pathways
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Subject Matter Experts
  • Recognition of Credentials
  • Flexible Work Options
  • Community Partnerships
  • Teacher Externships
  • In-Kind Contributions
  • Contextualized Learning
  • Prior Learning Assessment

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Discussion Questions

What other strengths do businesses bring to partnerships with community colleges?

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Q & A

What are perceived obstacles from partnering with business?

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Q & A

Other Questions?

questions contact us
Questions? … Contact Us!

Peg Walton

[email protected]

Jennifer Weber

[email protected]

www.corporatevoices.org

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