Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation in the 21st Century: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation in the 21st Century: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Dimitra J. Smith (Texas A&M University at Commerce, USA), Rhonda Lewis (Collin College, USA) and Leslie Singleton (Texas A&M College of Medicine, USA)
Release Date: April, 2021|Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 190
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4123-4
ISBN13: 9781799841234|ISBN10: 1799841235|EISBN13: 9781799841241|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799854838
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Description & Coverage
Description:

Community colleges are essential in preparing the 21st century workforce. Research has indicated that there is a shortage of individuals prepared for skilled workforce opportunities, such as plumbers, electricians, and many others. In fact, while college is essential in workforce development, it is not the only route that can lead to a successful livelihood. Developing a skill that transfers into an essential trade is a route less taken. Community colleges are ideally situated to respond to the shortage of a prepared workforce by providing an array of programs that reach a wide range of individuals with talents that may not include a college degree.

Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation in the 21st Century: Emerging Research and Opportunities is a comprehensive reference source that covers the essential role of community colleges in developing a skilled workforce via varying educational opportunities that include degree completion, workforce development, and skill enhancement. Readers will benefit from the book’s ability to advocate for the need for individuals with skillful trade options, provide different areas to consider as trade options, discuss the role of community colleges in preparing a workforce, examine the challenges that can arise for individuals with a trade, and present a global outlook on the workforce of the 21st century. Covering topics that include career pathways and STEM programs, the book is especially valuable for academic institutions that are looking to provide options for talent expansion. Leadership and education scholars, leadership practitioners within community college and university settings, leaders within workforce development sectors, researchers, and students will also find this reference useful for developing a skilled and competent workforce.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Adult Learners
  • Baccalaureate Programs
  • Career Education
  • Career Pathways
  • Economic Growth
  • Globalization
  • Skillful Workforce
  • STEM Programs
  • Workforce Development
  • Workforce Education Programs
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