Wednesday, March 20, 2019 4:00 PM ~ 5:00 PM ET

Community colleges must build relationships with employers to ensure that their education and training programs align with industry needs in order to equip adults with skills that lead to family-supporting jobs.  Join this workshop to discover strategies that community colleges can use to build long-lasting and scalable partnerships across multiple employers within an industry sector for the benefit of the colleges, business community, and students.


In this webinar, attendees will learn how community colleges are working with employer partners to institutionalize the practices and approaches to long-term industry engagement that they developed under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program.  The president and workforce director from Chaffey and Miracosta Colleges, respectively, will share how their colleges built high-impact programs with regional employers to meet pressing workforce needs.  Both institutions operate programs that provide immersive, hands-on training for careers in the energy, building operations, and manufacturing industries, among others. A researcher from the Urban Institute who is evaluating TAACCCT will add to the discussion by sharing the perspectives of employers from across the country.  These employer voices come from a new survey of employers whose insights can help community colleges understand how to effectively engage  industry partners.
This webinar is part of the Innovations Leading to Career Success Webinar Series and showcases strategies and resources developed by community colleges engaged in career-focused education and training.  The colleges featured throughout the series are grantees of the TAACCCT program, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education.


Robin Fernkas, Manager, Division of Strategic Investments, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Erin Berg, Community College Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education


Dr. Sunita Cooke, President, Miracosta College

Sandra Sisco, Director, Intech Center, Chaffey College

Molly M. Scott, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute