Community colleges are being asked to help Americans earn associate degrees, vocational certificates and industry-recognized certifications, but many college leaders say they don’t have the money to do the job, reports Workforce Training in a Recovering Economy 2012 by the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center.
Many of those surveyed said funding cuts will make it hard to add high-cost training programs or to raise graduation rates.
Community college leaders said increasing the number of vocational certificates was a priority. Many said their colleges are under pressure to offer or expand “quick” job-training programs in non-credit areas.
. . . state community college leaders believe high unemployment has strained the available workforce training capacity at community colleges in many states, as budget woes limit the development and maintenance of programs to prepare individuals for high-skill, high-wage jobs.
Federal workforce training programs should create a “formal preference” for community colleges, the report recommends.