Community College Research Initiatives

Strategy briefs

The Strategies for Transformative Change brief series provides summaries of strategies employed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) consortia. Included in each two-page brief is a description of the strategy and any available evidence of success. The briefs are organized below in the following five areas of innovation:

Career Pathways and Program Redesign

Adopting and Adapting Competency-Based Education
Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, is the lead of a three-state consortium with Austin Community College and Broward College, that adopted and adapted the Western Governors University competency-based education (CBE) model to accelerate information technology instruction.

Building a Foundational Model for Credit for Prior Learning: Making the Future
The Wisconsin Strategy, under leadership of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College brought together all 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System to implement Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) practices throughout each of the autonomous districts.

Collaborating on a Sectoral Approach Strengthen Workforce Training
The Air Washington consortium used a sector approach to strengthen training for employers in the aerospace industry across the state of Washington.

Strengthening Career Pathways in Manufacturing Education
The Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing (INAM) priorities address students’ needs in a variety of ways, which include: creating a practical career pathway; using individualized educational plans; purchasing advanced manufacturing equipment; developing job placement services.

Short Term and Accelerated Training through Blocked Scheduling
The Tribal College Consortium for Developing Montana and North Dakota Workforce (DeMaND) Project has utilized blocked scheduling to accelerate short term and certificate training toward the goals of improving retention and achievement rates and/or reducing time to completion.

Curriculum Redesign

Building Bridges for Student Success
The National STEM Consortium (NSC) is a collaborative of ten community colleges in nine states that developed five nationally portable, 30-credit certificate programs. Each includes a STEM Bridge component designed to be consistent across all fields.

Building a Common Foundational Curriculum with Stackable Credentials
The centerpiece of the Arizona Sun Corridor is the industry-vetted Get Into Energy (GIE) Competency Model that delineates basic competencies, along with industry-specific fundamentals and technical competencies for programs of study in mining and energy.

Centralized Curriculum Process for Health IT Programs
The Health eWorkforce (HeW) Consortium employs a centralized curriculum development support and review process to ensure uniform high standards and continuous improvement.

Creating Resiliency and Pathways to Opportunity
The Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) includes seven Northeast community colleges that examine resiliency in times of change. The consortium developed a Competency Model for programs in energy, healthcare, and information technology.

Health Care Core Curriculum
The Health Professions Pathways (H2P) consortium is developing a core curriculum and galvanizing a national movement to improve healthcare education via the adoption of a core curriculum.

Service Learning for Engaged Work-Based Learning
This brief focuses on the service learning program designed to provide students with hands-on work-based learning as part of the Intentional Networks Transforming Effective and Rigorous Facilitation of Assessment, Collaboration, and Education (INTERFACE) consortium.

Transforming Nursing Programs to Reduce Time to Completion
The Path to Accelerated Completion and Employment (PACE) initiative was undertaken by a consortium of all 22 community and technical colleges in Arkansas, led by NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC).

Developmental Education Redesign

Developmental Education Redesign
The Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium (COETC) developmental education redesign involves replacing the traditional sequence of developmental education courses with courses that employ acceleration, modularization, and contextualization.

Intrusive Student Support and Contextualized Developmental Education
MoHealthWINs colleges are redesigning developmental education and implementing intrusive student support services.

Intentional Partnerships

Building Intentional Partnerships to Sustain Student Success
The Oregon CASE (Credentials, Acceleration, and Support for Employment) Management Team collaborated with Oregon’s Employment Department to hire a community college liaison to support improved processes and communication for certain students in the program.

Business and Industry Leadership Teams
The National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technology Consortium’s (NISGTC) BILTs are national and local teams of business and industry leaders who meet quarterly and provide leadership in the development of curriculum in their specialty area.

Leveraging Partnerships to Expand Education, Training, and Employment Opportunities
The national Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentials (c3bc), received a grant to increase education and training for biosciences jobs. The consortium colleges worked to build and strengthen collaborations with biosciences employers, industry associations, and workforce agencies.

Partnership Trifecta: Education, Workforce, and Industry
To improve upon Florida’s training and education system in advanced manufacturing, the Florida TRADE Consortium sought broad engagement of key stakeholders in higher education, industry, and state and local entities.

Transforming Delivery of Education and Training Across the State
The Massachusetts Community College Workforce Development Transformation Agenda consortium brought together higher education, economic development, adult basic education and workforce development systems with industry stakeholders to transform delivery of education and training programs in six key sectors.

Student Engagement and Supports

Building Student Engagement Through Technology
Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) is focused on utilizing technology to build collective impact and break down geographical barriers across consortium institutions. The technology includes interactive lightboards, simulation hospitals, and mobile ambulances to support student learning.

Implementing a Military Transitions Program
This brief provides information on how TRAC-7’s Military Transitions Program was designed, implemented, and sustained by KanTRAIN, describing key factors that facilitated program implementation, techniques to effectively serve veteran populations, and strategies for stakeholder engagement.

Using Navigators to Support Student Success
Gulf Coast IT Consortium supported student success and diversity through career navigators.