A Toolkit for Building Successful Community College-Employer Relationships

A Toolkit for Building Successful Community College-Employer Relationships

Brookings Institute, 2017

Toolkit Purpose 

This strategy-based toolkit aims to help leaders at community colleges develop relationships and partnerships with industry.

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Intended Audience 
Higher education providers
Career Pathways Target Population 
Adult workers and students seeking postsecondary credentials
Based On 
This toolkit is based on lessons learned from extant research and from leaders in community colleges, industry, and intermediaries (such as chambers of commerce and community based organizations).
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The author organized this toolkit in three chapters:

  1. Creating a navigator for industry partners. This chapter explains how identifying a liaison (or many) to develop relationships with local employers can help potential partners explore working with a college. It also outlines common characteristics of effective liaisons.
  2. Key characteristics of productive partnerships. This chapter outlines how to develop a common purpose among partners from different types of institutions.
  3. Practical steps for building relationships between colleges and industries. This chapter defines the role of leadership at a college in maintaining transparency and reciprocal dialogue among partners at other institutions.
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