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Prior Learning Assessment: A Key Piece of the Credit-Noncredit Discussion

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To boost adult enrollment and credential attainment, community colleges must make it easier for students to secure college credit for their previous work experience. 

Rethinking Community College Workforce Programs

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In this essay, Jim Jacobs argues that community colleges need to consider whether their workforce development programs are helping or hurting their equity missions. 

Short-Term Pell Grants Must Be Designed to Protect Students, Taxpayers

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Low-income adults should have access to Pell Grants. Here, we suggest several guardrails to increase the likelihood of successful educational and employment outcomes for participants.

When Preparation Meets Opportunity: The Benefits of Integrated Credit and Noncredit Divisions During the Pandemic

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The economic fallout from the pandemic makes it all the more important to align credit and noncredit workforce programming. High-quality, low-cost training that leads to living-wage jobs must be accessible.

Aligning Credit/Noncredit Workforce Programs: Lessons Learned from the Capital One Working Group

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For five years, 13 community colleges have discussed conditions and offered suggestions for how best to bridge the gap between credit and noncredit programs. This blog post describes what they've found.