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Research on Community Colleges and Economic Development

In 2005, the Heldrich Center conducted research on the state efforts to engage community colleges as cornerstones of their comprehensive economic development strategies. Recognizing the unique and substantial role community colleges can play in meeting companies’ workforce needs, the study examined states’ efforts to use community colleges as key resources for attracting, maintaining, and supporting key employers in their states. Ten states were selected for in-depth examination based on recommendations from national economic and workforce development experts and a review of the research literature. The study included interviews with senior state and local community college and economic development professionals and reviews of state Web sites and scholarly studies. The study report, Deploying Community Colleges to Strengthen State Economic Development, by Jennifer Cleary and Dr. Aaron Fichtner, summarizes the efforts of these states to deploy community colleges in support of state economic development priorities. (Funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges)

Education & Training
Funded By: 
New Jersey Council of County Colleges
community colleges
economic development