Colleges and Universities

Community Colleges: Train People for Jobs that Exist Right Now

October 15, 2012  • Joshua Wyner

We were thrilled that community colleges were a topic of discussion during the first presidential debate. Both President Obama and Governor Romney underscored the critical need for businesses to forge partnerships with community colleges.

President Obama said:

“When it comes to community colleges, we are seeing great work done out there all over the country because we have the opportunity to train people for jobs that exist right now. And one of the things I suspect Governor Romney and I probably agree on is getting businesses to work with community colleges so that they’re setting up their training programs.”

And in fact, Governor Romney did agree.

In the following interview, Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the College Excellence Program, describes several examples of community colleges taking risks in course selection by setting up training programs with input from local businesses.