Powerful Partners: Businesses and Community Colleges

How investments in sector partnerships can help our economy thrive. In today's economy, the demand for skilled workers is greater than ever before — with approximately 80 percent of jobs requiring candidates have some form of education or training beyond the high school level. However, employers in in-demand industries are not exclusively seeking to hire individuals with four-year degrees.

In fact, approximately 53 percent of all jobs in our labor market can be classified as “middle skill,” meaning they require training beyond high school but not a college degree. Even though middle-skill jobs dominate today's economy, only 43 percent of workers have the training they need to qualify for these positions—leaving many employers without a reliable worker pipeline.

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Community and technical colleges often make the most sense as academic partners, given their historic mission of serving students of all backgrounds with a variety of objectives, including those who have been in the workforce for quite some time but need to update their skills, adults seeking access to basic skills instruction, and students aiming to obtain the credits they need to transfer to a four-year degree program.

Postsecondary institutions across the country are changing to accommodate the increased demand for skilled workers by offering more career-oriented programs and collaborating with employers to develop and finance high-quality curriculum.

Read the full report here from the National Skills Coalition, a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. Learn more here about the National Skill Coalition