The AACC Center for Workforce and Economic Development (the Center) was tasked with providing technical assistance to community colleges to help meet and align the education and training needs of both workers and businesses. The Center achieved this overall aim by delivering the following to the Ivy Tech Indiana community college system:
- Technical Assistance
- Seminar Development and Delivery
- Material Development and Delivery
- Partnership Building
For the duration of the project (2006-2008), the Center offered technical assistance, seminar and material development as well as strong relationship-building efforts with multiple Indiana stakeholders to promote sustainable forward movement at each targeted Ivy Tech branch campus.
From the outset, the Center found strong commitment and desire by Ivy Tech to engage in regional economic development. The multiple campuses across the state both individually, and as a collective, wanted to better align with workforce initiatives to properly feed high-quality students funneling through their programs efficiently and appropriately into high-quality employment within Indiana. Preparation and retention of highly-skilled workers was a critical component of each of the targeted Community College branch campuses; both state officials and branch campus leadership wanted to ensure Indiana grew and maintained its capacity to prepare relevant knowledge workers for the future economy.