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Dr. Keith Bird Kentucky Community and Technical College System June 25, 2009. National dialogue of the role community colleges and Career Pathways play in workforce and economic development Institutional transformation and innovation Internal and external alignment is critical
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Kentucky Community and Technical College System
June 25, 2009
National dialogue of the role community colleges and Career Pathways play in workforce and economic development
Foundations’ Focus on the Role of CC and the Importance of Business Engagement and Credentials
Importance of attainment
Demand of labor market for skills and credentials
Role of CC for students with no/little PS and younger non-traditional students who face barriers in traditional programs: increase access and new delivery strategies
The National Governors Association “Evidence-Based Education Policy for Tough Budget Times”: How states can use community colleges to spur economic growth.
“Fifty percent of high school graduates begin their postsecondary career in a community college while 65 percent of adults start at a community college. How community colleges can (and do) help the nation increase postsecondary attendance and completion for all students and increase the quality and relevance of courses offered at these institutions.
Tough Choices or Tough Times (National Center on Education and the Economy)
February 09: President Obama identified skills as a key component of economic recovery and called for a commitment to at least one year of training past high school.
“Career Pathways – A Framework for Institutional Transformation and Student Success...Solving the Career Pathways Puzzle”
A presentation by NCWE to the AACC National Convention, April 2009
Seattle Jobs Initiative, May 2009
Blueprint for American Prosperity America’s Community Colleges: A Federal Policy to Expand Opportunity and Promote Economic Prosperity (Brookings Policy Brief May 2009)
Limitations of Existing Federal Policy
A New Federal policy: new goals/performance measurement system/student data systems
double support/stimulate innovation
CEO Dialogue Sessions
December 2006 - May 2007
302 Business &
17 Sessions Across the Commonwealth
But what are they – and why
are they so important within the
context of innovation and alignment
A new way of doing business!
A systemic framework for developing a series of connected instructional strategies, with integrated work experience, and support services that enables students to combine school and work and advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. Career pathways are targeted to regional labor markets, focused on employment sectors, and provide a framework for workforce development by integrating the programs and resources of community colleges and other education providers, workforce agencies and social service providers.
Plant Manager / Manufacturing Executive
Bachelors Degree and/or Experience (with 2-8 years of experience)
BS in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Manufacturing Management and Engineer Positions
$40,000 and up
Other Degree Programs
Associate Degree and/or Experience (with 2-3 years of experience)
Technician (Manufacturing / Engineering / Maintenance / Electrical) First-line Supervisor, Computer Aided Drafting, Machine Operator, Skilled Trade Positions
$23,000 - $36,000
COMPASS / ACT
Kentucky Employability Certificate (KEC)
Kentucky Manufacturing Skills Standard (KMSS)
HS Diploma / GED
and/or Experience (with 2 years of experience)
Area Technology Centers
General Manufacturing and Laborer Positions
Minimum wage – low $20,000s
Are earned with the General Education and Technical Core Courses
within the AAS degree
Can also be earned independent of the AAS degree