Pennsylvania Consortium of Community Colleges

Pennsylvania's fourteen community colleges are collaborating in an unprecedented way to bring our workforce delivery and curriculum development systems to scale for achieving new levels of success with our adult students, particularly for our laid-off workers who have little chance of returning to prior wage levels without new credentials. The guiding principles that will be seen in all aspects of our proposed approach include: standardization of courses as the basic building blocks for programs; customization of programs using the building blocks to meet needs of employers and students in a volatile marketplace; and regionalization of capacity building based on varying industry mixes and priorities in different regions of the state. Through wrap-around student support via Career Coaches, rapid remediation and contextualized core skills, and an on-line platform to ensure statewide connectivity, we will build capacity to deliver prepare TAA and TAA-like individuals with skills for the Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics, Energy Distribution, Production and Conservation, and Healthcare Technology industries.

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