Although community colleges have experienced sharp enrollment declines, millions of Americans still say they intend to enroll within the next two years. How can community colleges engage these potential learners and keep them engaged – not just through enrollment, but all the way to completion and career placement?

In this webinar, two community college leaders and a community college graduate — now a student support professional — share how their institutions connected with learners and helped them thrive, even through the economic and health crises caused by the pandemic. Their insights point to actionable strategies for supporting learners, offering flexible program offerings, and building career connections.

Jump into the conversation at these key moments:

  • 11:30: Hear Dr. Adelina Silva, vice chancellor for student success at Alamo Colleges, share the simple message she sent her students at the start of the pandemic — and how it set the tone for the coordinated strategies her colleges used to engage students.
  • 38:00: Listen to Dr. Michael Baston, president of Rockland Community College, explain the “commitment issues” he’s seen with adult learners, and how to make programming changes to help these learners persist.
  • 24:00: Learn how community college enabled Della Drummond, a former community college student, to transition from a layoff to a new career direction she hadn’t anticipated.

Check out the full webinar to hear more from these and other insights about the strategies and solutions that work best for students.

In the news from Strada

June 28, 2021
Examining the Value of Nondegree Credentials

The number of organizations offering nondegree credentials is proliferating, and interest from learners in these credentials — certificates, certifications, and licenses — is growing. But even though these credentials are now in the spotlight, we have relatively sparse data on outcomes. To provide more understanding, through a Strada-Gallup survey we asked more than 14,000 adults across the nation about earnings, job satisfaction, and perceptions about the worth and benefits of nondegree credentials. This month’s Strada Public Viewpoint release compares learner outcomes across degree, nondegree, and combined pathways. By examining programs of different lengths and the experiences of different populations, we aim to provide insights that inform our understanding of the value and potential limitations of nondegree credentials. Join Strada researchers and expert panelists at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 28, for a discussion about the findings and implications for the field. As part of the ongoing Strada Public Viewpoint research started in March 2020, Strada Education Network has talked to tens of thousands of people in the United States about their experiences with work and education during the pandemic. The research is intended to inform education and training providers, policymakers, and employers who are helping people complete valuable and purposeful education pathways.