Strada Education Network selected Honolulu Community College to receive a grant through Strada’s Employer and Community College Partnership Challenge. Strada awarded this $387,586 grant as part of an effort to support innovative collaborations across the country between community colleges and employers in their region. Honolulu Community College also will participate with Strada in a community of practice to learn from other select community college-employer partnerships around the country.
Honolulu Community College serves the Pacific Region as the primary technical training center in areas such as transportation, industrial and engineering technology, information technology, public and human services and communications.
In addition to Honolulu Community College, 10 other colleges received grants:
- Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Carl Albert State College, Sallisaw, Oklahoma
- Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, Rhode Island
- Green River College, Auburn, Washington
- Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, Indiana
- MiraCosta College, North San Diego County, California
- Pima County Community College, Tucson, Arizona
- Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Surry Community College, Dobson, North Carolina
- West Georgia Technical College, La Grange, Georgia
“At Strada, we believe in investing in innovative solutions that deliver results beyond completion,” Strada Education Network President and CEO Stephen Moret said. “Community colleges have long played a critical role by serving the dynamic needs of both learners and employers in their communities. We are thrilled to have the chance to support college leaders and employers who are coming together to provide timely opportunities for learners.”
Strada Education Network created this grant-making initiative as the first step in a strategy to partner with community colleges to support stronger local economies and communities. This represents Strada’s first major investment in the transformative work of the community college sector and a recognition that community colleges have a unique capacity to address changing regional workforce needs. The initiative aims to improve employment and socioeconomic outcomes after degree or credential completion for students who historically have faced significant barriers to economic mobility.
“Community colleges are engines of opportunity with unique insight into local dynamics and needs,” Strada Impact President Ruth V. Watkins said. “We’re honored to both support and learn from these programs as we work to align measures of success beyond completion with the things that matter most to learners: career mobility and earning potential, meaningful work and the chance to contribute to their communities.”
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Strada Education Network is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people take advantage of education and training after high school that helps them secure a good job, do meaningful work, contribute to their communities, and lead a fulfilling life. Strada helps students succeed beyond completion of a certificate or degree through its research, charitable grants, and social impact investments, as well as through the work of Strada-supported nonprofit organizations, CAEL, Education at Work, InsideTrack, and Roadtrip Nation, which directly serve learners and workers. Learn more at stradaeducation.org.
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