Teachers College, Columbia University

The Community College as a Nexus for Workforce Transitions: A Critical Essay

By James Jacobs & Richard A. Voorhees

Community colleges traditionally have been a nexus for transitions to and from the workforce. This article examines horizontal and vertical workforce transitions and how a global economy and the need to train new subpopulations of future workers will cause community colleges to approach their roles in workforce training differently.

Currently, there is a dearth of hard data to guide either practice or policy for new realities. The authors recommend that community colleges address this information shortage by documenting both the inputs and outcomes of programs and activities that facilitate horizontal and vertical workforce transitions.

This article was published in The Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, vol. 13.