Workforce Boards and Community Colleges: Best Practice in Collaboration and Partnership

Speaker Information:

Heather McKay, Heather L. Fox, Christian LaGarde, Mary Moorhouse, Jennifer Worth, Michelle Van Noy

Workforce boards and community colleges have a long history of partnering for the delivery of workforce training services. What have we learned about these partnerships and how to maximize their impact on local economies and successful careers of residents? What role do and can the colleges and boards play collectively to build and sustain a continuum of labor market analysis and forecasting, service delivery, continuous improvement, and business engagement? This session will focus on what is working and what is not, as well as the issues of scale and sustainability. Lessons and models from the American Association of Community Colleges' Job Ready Willing, and Able (funded by Walmart Foundation) and Back to Work 50+ (funded by AARP Foundation) initiatives, as well as early evaluation results from the TAACCCT grants will form the base of the discussion. This is a working session that will delve into the research and best practice, and provide critical factors for intentional strategic partnerships of workforce systems and community colleges.


National Association of Workforce Boards