Economic Opportunities Program

Models of Success

Effective partnerships benefit community colleges, businesses, and students.

Skills for America’s Future is building partnerships for a skilled American workforce. There are many employers that have successful partnerships with community colleges. Here are some examples of models of success from companies, labor unions and industry associations partnering with community colleges and workforce training programs across the country.

Here are some models of success from companies, labor unions, and industry associations across the country. For more information on how your company can partner with community colleges and Skills for America’s Future, contact:  saf@aspeninstitute.org


Gap for Community Colleges provides scholarships and helps community college students develop skills for entry-level retail management and career advancement in 21 markets across the United States. Read more »


IBM’s P-TECH, connects high school, college and the world of work through deep, meaningful school and company partnerships. Read more »


In partnership with Tyler Junior College and Tyler Economic Development Council, Luminant, the largest electric generator in Texas, launched Luminant Academy, a 24,000-square-foot facility home to technical, lean manufacturing, and leadership training for students and employees. Read more»


McDonald's selects high potential managers for English Under the Arches™, an English language learning program that provides classes and instruction during paid work time. Read more »


In 2014, NC3 awarded 16,000 certifications through the use of turnkey certification implementation including instructional material development, instructor training, an online certification portal, and mentoring to NC3 certification centers. Read more »


Seventy percent of PowerPathway training graduates progress into apprenticeships or receive promotions within one year of being hired. Read more »


The Snap-on Certification program provides more than 60 community colleges a training package that includes curriculum, tools, lab materials, and access to a testing website while the Student Excellence Program offers participants pursuing a technical career tools, equipment, and tool storage at a significantly reduced pricing. Read more »