Economic Opportunities Program

Multimedia Resources

This webinar focuses on how community colleges and business and industry associations can partner together to provide industry-recognized credentials for students and job seekers.

The webinar focuses on state efforts to promote career pathways and how states are using data to monitor and improve community college outcomes for students. The session features national organizations that have run and supported TAACCT-funded partnerships.

This webinar provides potential grantees with strategies for employer engagement, serving with the long-term unemployed, and targeting H-1B occupations and industries.

WGN’s Bill Moller interviews Bowen Hopper, Vice –President of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, about the first local adaptation of the Skills for America’s Future initiative. There are helpful hints here for other regional stakeholders who would like to adapt the SAF concept to fit their local circumstances.

Want to deliver effective, consistent workforce training in multiple locations? SAF hosted a webinar with Denise Reading of the Global Corporate College, a consortium of community colleges that does just that.

Skills for America’s Future network member Pacific Gas & Electric is partnering with 24 community colleges to train workers to meet the coming “silver tsunami” of retirements in the energy industry workforce. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (also a Skills for America’s Future network member) estimates that by 2015 nearly half of the energy industry’s skilled workforce will need to be replaced due to attrition and retirements. Watch these students climb those poles!

A series of public service announcements from Discovery Communications highlighting the need for skilled workers and the opportunity to acquire those marketable skills at America's community colleges. For more information, visit


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the benefits of community college/private business partnerships. US Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, January 20, 2012 – Video Courtesy of the US Conference of Mayors.

Dr. Anthony Carnevale of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce discusses the need for more skilled workers at the launch of their report Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018.

Roland Martin talks with Dr. Walter Bumphus about President Obama's new budget proposal and his plans to spend $8 billion on community colleges. This new initiative would attempt to partner businesses with community colleges and provide job training skills for well-paying jobs in high-demand industries. For more information on this interview, click here.

Louisville's business and governmental leadership realized that to build a competitive workforce, well-prepared to obtain good high-paying jobs and meet the needs of the local employers, the city was going to need a better educated workforce.  They put forward a big goal – by 2020, Louisville seeks to add 55,000 residents with two or four-year degrees.  Here's how they're making it happen: (Courtesy of the Lumina Foundation.)