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Employer and Community College Partnership Challenge

$4 million grant challenge to support innovative partnerships that meet regional workforce needs, boost employment and earnings outcomes for students, and drive enrollment for community colleges.


Power of Partnerships


As the country experiences a dramatic period of job turnover, economic uncertainty, and postsecondary enrollment declines, employers and educators alike are eager to find ways to meet rapidly changing education and workforce needs. Community colleges and local employers are innovating together to address this challenge.

Strada Education Network created the $4 million Employer and Community College Partnership Challenge to help strengthen partnerships between community colleges and employers that contribute to the success of regional communities.

By working together, community colleges and employers can find ways to help students get the skills and training they need — education that will provide employers with the talented staff they require to fill a growing workforce gap.

Grants


Strada will award two-year grants of up to $400,000 for community colleges and their local employer partners innovating to meet regional workforce needs, boost employment and earnings outcomes for students, and drive enrollment for community colleges. Through these grants, Strada will support partnerships that lead to measurable student outcomes focused on employment, economic stability, and fulfillment of purpose.

Grant proposals were due Aug. 15, 2022. Grant recipients will be announced in November.

Our Team


Courtney H. McBeth

Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Natasha Jankowski

Senior Fellow, Community Colleges

Melissa Leavitt

Director, Research

Holly Custard

Senior Director, Outreach and Partnerships

Elaine W. Leigh

Postdoctoral Fellow, Research