The Role of Community Colleges in Regional Economic Prosperity

Source: Anne M. Kress and Gerardo E. de los Santos – Editors, League for Innovation in the Community College, 2014

Regional Economic Prosperity is often broadly characterized by economic growth, partnerships that cross several jurisdictional boundaries of cities, counties, and states, and expanding economic and educational opportunities and career pathways for low- and moderate-income workers. … As many research studies have well documented, educational attainment is directly correlated to income earning potential and is one of the keys to increasing economic prosperity opportunities in our communities. In many regions in North America, community and technical colleges serve a critical role in supporting, and often lead, regional economic prosperity planning and collaboration. In this monograph, leaders from League for Innovation in the Community College member institutions share creative examples of how they are helping to advance economic prosperity in their regions.