Purpose-President Obama positions community colleges as a linchpin of federal policy on education and training for citizens adversely affected by the recession. Chief among recommended reforms is the notion of career pathways that enable students, especially non-traditional age adults, to participate in postsecondary education directed at employment.
Design/methodology/approach-This paper reviews the literature on career pathway reforms to describe these programs and the students who enroll in them. It also presents evidence from two third-party evaluations of federal grants supporting career pathway implementation.
Findings-Results suggest career pathway programs are spreading throughout the United States through unprecedented levels of federal funding. Adult learners are a primary target group, but more data are needed to determine on a deeper level who these students are and whether they are being well served.
Originality/value-This paper offers new information to help readers consider whether President Obama's agenda will achieve its goals and positively impact college completion and economic recovery.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Advances in Education in Diverse Communities: Research, Policy and Praxis|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2014|
- Adult education
- Community college
- Federal policy
- Postsecondary education
- Underrepresented students
- Workforce training
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