Connecting Community Colleges with Employers: A Toolkit for Building Successful Partnerships

This toolkit from the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution details strategies to bridge connections between institutions of higher education and industry leaders, detailing: 

•Creating a navigator for industry partners,

•Key characteristics of productive partnerships, and

•Practical steps for building relationships between colleges and industries. 

College-based industry liaisons can serve as the point of contact for industry partnerships and streamline coordination between the industry and the college. They can also help identify and anticipate the labor needs of local industries, ensuring that program content is tailored to prepare learners for the industries of tomorrow. 

The toolkit also identified immediate action steps community college leaders can take to forge new relationships with industry partners. Postsecondary institutions have much to gain from meaningful industry partnerships, and this toolkit provides clear, actionable strategies to achieve that objective. 

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July 2017