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How Community Colleges are Responding to Workforce Preparedness and Economic Development in Illinois

traditional mission of community colleges
Traditional Mission of Community Colleges
  • Transfer oriented courses
  • Career (occupational) courses
  • Adult basic education

Additional Mission

● Workforce Development

workforce development
Workforce Development
  • Incumbent worker training
  • Customized training
  • Expanded roles for local business
  • Enhanced partnerships with businesses

Economic Development

  • Site selection team
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“In their workforce development role, community colleges must supply training programs designed to assist their communities in retaining existing employers and attracting new ones.”

--Duane E. Leigh and Andrew M. Gill

Upjohn Institute/Employment Research

October 2007

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“If you look at the nationwide averages for new job growth, only one percent of new jobs come from companies moving into an area; 55 percent come from existing businesses expanding and 44 percent come from new startups.”

--Mark Olchefke

Community College Entrepreneur

Spring/Summer 2008

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“In a highly dynamic, knowledge-based economy, constant learning and retraining are not simply desirable; they are necessary to stay relevant.”

--Eric Peterson

Scanning the Future

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Washington, D.C.

July 2008

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“Community Colleges will be the key to the constant retraining of the work force due to the rapid changes taking place in our economy.”

--Jack Schultz

2008 Top Ten Trends for the Agurbs

Effingham, Illinois

community college organization structures
Community College Organization Structures
  • Workforce Development Departments
  • Centers for Business and Industry
  • Small Business Development Centers
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
  • Workforce and Community Education
  • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Adult and Workforce Education
  • Community and Corporate education
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Other Initiatives/Challenges

  • METH
  • Homeland Security (NIMS)
  • Cyber Crime
  • Transitioning Workers
    • Good-career changes, upward mobility
    • Bad-layoffs and plant closures
  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Online education
  • Global competition
  • Technology
  • Work ethic