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Building the Foundation for Success:
Case Studies of Breaking Through Tribal Colleges and Universities

Tribal Colleges Breaking Through, a partnership of Jobs for the Future, the National Council for Workforce Education, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, was an eighteen-month initiative focused on piloting workforce and education strategies to better serve low-skilled students at tribal colleges and universities. Six institutions participated‚ÄĒComanche Nation College, Leech Lake Tribal College, Little Big Horn College, Northwest Indian College, Salish Kootenai College, and Sitting Bull College‚ÄĒwith each establishing two or more cohorts of GED or workforce students and incorporating the four Breaking Through core strategies. As a result of experimenting with the implementation of Breaking Through in a tribal college context, a number of key themes emerged during the initiative.

Building Tomorrow's Workforce: Hispanic Immigrant Workers in America

During the next decade, one out of every four new workers in the United States will be an immigrant from Latin America. While some of these newcomers speak English well and enter the United States with strong academic credentials and skills, most do not. Over 50% of Hispanic immigrants have less than a high school education, and like other low-skilled working adults, they face a host of barriers if they want to earn the credentials they need to compete in today's labor market. In spite of overwhelming odds, some of these immigrants are finding their way to college. They are preparing for and entering post-secondary programs and earning credentials that provide them with the skills required to get and keep good jobs. Funded by the Lumina Foundation, this study was led by Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and supported by its partners: the Manufacturing Institute, The National Council for Workforce Education, and Excelencia in Education. This report presents promising Employer/community college partnerships that expand access to higher education and benefit low-skilled, immigrant Hispanic adults.

Going Green: The Vital Role of Community Colleges in Building
a Sustainable Future and a Green Workforce

This report examines the growing role of community colleges in a low-carbon, clean energy economy, and:

  • provides examples of innovative strategies and practices used by community colleges to address climate change, environmental stewardship, and green workforce development;
  • offers information on the fastest growing sectors and jobs in the clean energy/green economy that provide strategic opportunities for community colleges and their students;
  • stimulates the dialogue on the role of community colleges in creating a sustainable future;
  • presents useful Web sites and resources for further information.

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Envisioning the Future: Career Pathways as a Systemic Framework Fully Implemented in Community Colleges

At the NCWE conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the National Council for Workforce Education and the League for Innovation presented the report, "Career Pathways as a Systemic Framework: A Call to Action‚ÄĚ. More than 50 people attended the session which was organized into three breakout groups and framed by the six core elements identified in the report. Discussion about the report focused on the question: What would a community college that fully implemented Career Pathways look like? To get a practitioner's perspective on this question, a session was held at the NCWE conference in October 2007. This report reflects the results of this facilitated session.

Breaking Through: Helping Low-Skilled Adults Enter
and Succeed in College and Careers

Around the country, innovative community colleges are playing a larger role in helping low-skilled adults gain the valuable skills and credentials that are the gateway to family-supporting careers. Breaking Through looks at whether and how these institutions can significantly improve the odds that low-income, low-skilled adults earn the college-level occupational and technical credentials that remain elusive for many Americans. The report is based on a literature review, site visits to innovative colleges and programs, interviews with practitioners and researchers, special sessions at national conferences, and a convening of practitioners who discussed their programs and reviewed preliminary research findings.

Four Strategies that impact results include:
¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄĘ Integrated Institutional Structures and Services
¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄĘ Accelerated Learning
¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄĘ Labor Market Payoffs
¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄĘ Comprehensive Support Services


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