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6 community colleges, employers creating skills-driven pathways

By: Chris Burt

Pima Community College chancellor Lee Lambert was forthright in stressing the need for his institution and others to provide educational opportunities within their regions.

“The pandemic has brought a heightened sense of urgency to our historic mission of supporting social and economic mobility for the diverse students and working adults that community colleges serve,” he said.

As COVID-19 continues to fuel a crisis in the employment sector – where some 29 million Americans are still collecting unemployment benefits and job losses stand at more than 10 million, it is also pressing the need for higher education to get creative and better serve an underserved population of students by providing them with short-term credential options and 21st century skills.

Workers are looking to enhance their economic standing. Employers are looking to give them opportunities. The linchpin to bring them together? Community colleges.

 

This article was originally published on September 30, 2020 in University Business. Read the full article here.

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