Community College Growth Engine
Leading the nation and their regions in creating micro-pathways with employers.
The Community College Growth Engine (CCGE), led by Dr. Lisa Larson, is a design accelerator that was set up just before the pandemic to help community colleges lean into a future role as regional talent agents in a skills-based economy.
Six of the nation’s largest community colleges and systems joined the first cohort, surpassing their goals by designing 30 micro-pathways in the first year (explore micro-pathways by sector).
Year 1 learnings are available in the first CCGEF Design Insights Brief (January 2022). Watch our Jan. 19, 2022, National Convening on YouTube.
What are micro-pathways? Co-designed with learners and employers, micro-pathways are defined as two or more stackable credentials, including a 21st century skill micro-credential, that are flexibly delivered to be achieved within less than a year and result in a job at or above the local median wage, and start (l)earners on the path to an associate degree.
Each system or college received a startup award through the CCGE, which is supported by over 15 foundations and investors.