How Colleges Can Shrink the Gap

This is the reality of today’s funding structure for community colleges. By designing degree programs with multiple “on-off” ramps and stackable certificates, colleges not only give students the flexibility to work in the field while building technical skills, they also help employers understand the long-term value for workers and the institution to complete credentials. “ByContinue reading How Colleges Can Shrink the Gap

Industry-Education Partnerships: Core of CTE Programs

Secondary and post-secondary CTE programs must be designed in partnership with local and regional industry partners. This article illustrates the importance of building innovative and flexible models that can change as workplace skill demands evolve with technology. Partnerships Lead to Student Success Bryan D. Albrecht | President and Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Technical College “…ToContinue reading Industry-Education Partnerships: Core of CTE Programs

Linking In to Career Pathways

This week I attended the first of a 3-part workshop series on “Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn,” sponsored by my local Small Business Development Center. As I reflected on the key concepts presented, it occurred to me that these ideas have direct relevance with how community colleges and workforce development organizations are designing, developing, andContinue reading Linking In to Career Pathways

Blueprint for a Pathway

Pathways are not new to education. For over a century, employers and educators have worked to develop courses of study to facilitate students’ matriculation into the workforce. Ultimately, that’s the function of a pathway. Career Pathways help to design curriculum and course schedules around student needs. The working definition I use with faculty and administrationContinue reading Blueprint for a Pathway