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Ascendium in the News June 30, 2021

Colleges’ Changing Roles in Rural Communities

Source: Community College Daily
Author: Daily Staff

A new project is examining ways rural public two-year colleges can better serve their communities, especially as economic engines and workforce pipelines.

The Education Design Lab on Wednesday released the first brief in a series on developing models that improve outcomes for rural learners and their communities. One goal is to make a case for more investment in rural community colleges.

Five colleges are participating in the BRIDGES Rural Design Challenge — Eastern Maine Community College, Finger Lakes Community College (New York), Washington State Community College (Ohio), Zane State College (Ohio) and College of Eastern Idaho.

The brief notes that rural areas have much-untapped potential. For example, as employers struggle to find skilled workers, a growing number of industries — from customer services to software, IT to healthcare — are using technology to train and employ workers, which can provide a pipeline to tap workers in rural areas.

Read the full article at Community Collage Daily

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