CCs, for-profits compete for training funds

As for-profit career colleges expand,  community colleges must compete more aggressively for job training funds, advised James Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College in Michigan, in a panel at the American Association of Community Colleges meeting in New Orleans.  From Inside Higher Ed:

In Michigan, more federal job training money goes to for-profit colleges than to community colleges, Jacobs said. Macomb lobbied its local workforce investment board for grants, arguing that community colleges are more cost-effective and more likely to produce workers with meaningful credentials.

At the federal level, community colleges risk “collateral damage” from the attacks on for-profit colleges, said David Baime, AACC senior vice president of government relations and research.  Community colleges need to ensure that different “sectors receive different treatment,” he said.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON April 13, 2011

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