A gateway to community college transformation
30+ micro-pathways co-created with colleges, learners, and employers through the Lab’s Community College Growth Engine since 2021.
What is a micro-pathway?
Co-designed with learners and employers, micro-pathways are 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 learner-earners on the path to an associate degree.
30+ New Models
The first Community College Growth Engine cohort developed 30 micro-pathways from October 2020 to December 2021. Most of the colleges focused on meeting the needs of adult learners, as nationally we witnessed the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on displacing many from their jobs and incomes.
Each micro-pathway provides entry and exit points to a clear career path and to securing a sustainable job with options for growth. Selected occupations are based on regional demand, and depending on state and/or regional economic development conditions, some are more focused on emerging industries and occupations.
The Lab’s Community College Growth Engine is a design accelerator to work with community colleges and systems across the country to co-create a new class of credentials: micro-pathways.
The Community College Growth Engine (CCGE) is a design accelerator that selected six of the most forward-leaning community colleges and systems in the country to lead a demonstration of how community colleges can leverage innovation capacity, regional partnerships, and dynamic labor market data to identify and build sub-degree micro-pathways with designated credentials that employers validate.
Press + Media
- David McCool, president and CEO of Muzzy Lane, writes about the Lab's Propel Polk! initiative in this February 2023 guest post on Getting Smart.View Story
- A January 2024 op-ed in RealClearEducation by the Lab's Dr. Leslie Daugherty and TJ Bliss, Chief Academic Officer at the Idaho State Board of Education.View Story
- In this October 2023 Q&A with the Evolllution, Joe Thiel, Interim Deputy Commissioner for Academic, Research and Student Affairs, Montana University System, and Lisa Larson, Senior Vice President of College Transformation, Education Design Lab, discuss…View Story
- USA Today spotlights some of the Lab's work in Montana and Idaho in this September 2023 story, which also features our rural partners at College of Eastern Idaho and the Lab's Dr. Leslie Daugherty.View Story
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