Through a two year grant from MetLife Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges Center for Workforce and Economic Development (the Center) and the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) created a compendium of promising practices and tools titled “Sustaining Partnerships for Regional Economic Growth.” In 2008, the Center and NCEE developed a seminar titled “Developing and Sustaining Workforce and Economic Development Partnerships.”
The seminar captured the importance of laying a solid foundation for partnership, but it also addressed the flowing ingredients for long-term sustainability of an effective collaboration:
- Time and financial maintenance
- Evolving collaborative practices as partnerships become more complex
- Multifaceted and interrelated employment, education and training, and social dynamics with increasingly diminished public resources
In developing the seminar, the Center and NCEE scanned and vetted promising practice partnership examples from community colleges across the country to capture the most progressive and replicable elements for economic development success. In addition to the case studies, the Center collected tools useful for partnership planning, management, and evaluation from programs, policymakers, and intermediaries. The resulting publication represented a refinement of those case studies, which can be used as demonstrative models, as well as some effective tools and resources.