Training Tomorrow's Workforce

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Training Tomorrow's Workforce

Community College and Apprenticeship as Collaborative Routes to Rewarding Careers
March 19, 2010


Apprenticeships in the United States are preparing over 500,000 workers for careers. Although the U.S. apprenticeship system is small relative to those in other countries, it is highly successful in raising earnings and productivity. Can these benefits be incorporated into community college and other postsecondary settings? What is the current state of apprenticeship-community college collaboration and what steps can expand such collaborations? This paper examines these questions, capturing the diversity of apprentice-community college collaboration and areas in which the two systems do and do not interact.

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