2017 Workforce Development Institute: Inspiring Innovation

Nov 4, 2016 | National Models |

Innovation Nationwide

Ohio TechNet is encouraging it’s educational partners to be a part of this monumental event. Especially given that the work and views of the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) are important to the national landscape. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) are leaders and innovators in the network that connects our students to meaningful education and workforce experiences.

The AACC’s Workforce Development Institute 2017 continues to be a pre-eminent opportunity for in-depth exchanges and networking for economic and workforce leaders at community colleges and their partners

On campuses and in communities across the country, innovation abounds: in program design, development, and delivery, in services to students and employers, and in creative solutions to workforce and economic development challenges.

Bring your challenges and your inspired solutions and join us as we explore promising practices with partners from across the public and private sectors, working together and inspiring innovation!

About the AACC

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) was founded in 1920 and over time has become the guiding national voice for community colleges. The association was developed during a president’s meeting that was called by the U.S. commissioner of education at the time. Today, the group represents over 1,200 two year, associates degree-granting institutions and over 13 million students across multiple countries. The AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. The association has ongoing interaction with key federal departments and agencies including the U.S. departments of Labor, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, and Commerce, and the National Science Foundation.

The 21st Century Initiative

President Obama’s challenged community colleges to educate an additional 5 million students with degrees, certificates, or other credentials by 2020. As a result, the AACC is leading advancement of the next era of community college evolution through its three-phase 21st-Century Initiative. The first phase was an innovation research period which was then followed by a second phase of outreach then a third phase of implementation by the various member schools that are associated with the AACC.

These are some noteworthy points of the 21st Century Initiative that speak about their mission and goals:

  • We must ensure all of our strategies increase college completion. We will marshal all forces from technology to policy to regulatory changes to drive 50% more students towards their finish line by 2020.
  • There is a skills gap in our country, causing employers to have unfilled positions and too many Americans unable to find family wage supporting jobs. Our colleges have solutions for both the employers and the students. We can orient our student through programs that position them for in-demand careers and into sectors where there is growth.
  • Community colleges can ensure students earn credentials and degrees that stack up and position them for career growth. This way, students can work and earn an income, and return to our colleges in their own time to build on their education and plan for further career advancement.
  • Colleges must act to mind the gaps and make college-to-career seamless for students. We owe it to our students to guide them through our institutions to success in the work force.


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