Teachers College, Columbia University

Community College Innovations in Workforce Preparation: Curriculum Integration and Tech Prep

By W. Norton Grubb, Norena Badway, Denise Bell & Eileen Kraskouskas

A surge of interest in the preparation of the workforce has affected all institutions in the past 15 years. Most of the innovations in workforce preparation are occuring in community colleges because individuals educated by them are "the backbone of our economy."

This monograph describes two innovations—curriculum integration and Tech Prep—that emerged independently of federal funding and that have widespread support. The authors describe the many forms these innovations take and clarify their benefits to students, to employers demanding high-order skills, and to community colleges.

This report is the result of a collaborative effort by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the National Council on Occupational Education.

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