AACC and Goodwill Industries International are excited to report that the Community College Career Collaborative (C4) initiative is in full swing with 37 partnerships in 2012. Following the C4 session at the Workforce Development Instutite conference, the local partnerships have been establishing partnerships and undertaking a diverse group of programs and services. These include college readiness, skills training, and advancing Goodwill clients through community college programs. Together these partners combine assets—space, instructors, market-driven curriculum, and wraparound support services. They also access and leverage available resources for tuition and services that help clients and students fill their skills gaps to reach career goals.
As part of the research, documentation, and dissemination of program models, AACC and Goodwill C4 coordinators Mary Moorhouse and Tanya Anderson have conducted two site visits this year—Huntington, West Virginia, and Seattle, Washington. These represent two distinct C4 partnership models. Huntington is home to Mountwest Community Technical College (MCTC) and KYOWVA Goodwill (sitting on the borders of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia). In 2011 these partners began a dual enrollment, revenue sharing model including three skills training programs (medical terminology, hospitality, and business education) at Goodwill under the MCTC umbrella. Interested students are assisted with accessing financial aid that supports both Goodwill and college costs. Students receive 12 credits and certificates in their respective training areas. This program enables them to access employment in their field and/or continue onto a degree program to complete the next level of credentialing. Instructors are Goodwill employees and meet the requirements of adjunct college instructors.
The Seattle Career Pathway Navigation Model blends Seattle Goodwill and grant funds to support Goodwill staff as navigators guiding interested clients into college programs and credits. The model begins with an assessment and meeting any educational development requirements to be college ready. The navigation model includes a 6-week Community College 101 course, campus tours, and wraparound services. Courses are delivered on campus or at Goodwill. Goodwill, in partnership with college staff, advises students on program and college options, and helps them access tuition and financial assistance that meets the student’s needs. Students are then matched with the training programs at one of the 11 community colleges in the Seattle/King County region. Support services and direct financial assistance from Goodwill for ancillary school needs may continue until the student is not in need.
These programs are at no cost to the students as college and Goodwill staffs leverage all available public and private resources to support education and career advancement for these exceptional students.
For additional information, visit the C4 Clearinghouse and sign up at http://c4.goodwill.org.