Community College Study

ACTE Supports Community College Workforce Education Study

ACTE is pleased to announce our support of the community college workforce education study. Opportunity America and Lumina Foundation are partnering with Wilder Research to conduct a national research study of community college credit and noncredit occupational education and relationships with employers. The study aims to answer the following questions:

  • How extensive is the workforce education offered today on community college campuses?
  • How extensive are the workforce programs offered by community college noncredit divisions?
  • What share of colleges are adopting the innovations seen at pioneering two-year schools, including intensive employer partnerships, shorter job-focused programs and stackable credentials?

The study will be in the field from October 2020 through January 2021 and is seeking a strong representation of community college workforce education. ACTE is encouraging institutions to participate. Ultimately the results will be used to inform state and federal policy makers on funding assessments related to job-focused education.

Institutions that take part will be entered in a drawing, and three will receive donations of up to $10,000 to fund scholarships for noncredit workforce students.

Participating institutions will also receive customized reports that allow them to compare their institutions to an aggregate of other colleges that take part – a tool for planning and innovation.

 If your institution would like to participate, please visit