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A blueprint for college-industry partnership success

Check out the three separate levels of industry-aligned partnerships
University Business, November 2016
TRAINING FOR EMT JOBS—At Rowan College at Burlington County’s TEC Building, employees of the paramedics company Virtua can put their tuition reimbursement benefits to use. RCBC is growing and improving its Health Sciences programs in partnership with the company.
TRAINING FOR EMT JOBS—At Rowan College at Burlington County’s TEC Building, employees of the paramedics company Virtua can put their tuition reimbursement benefits to use. RCBC is growing and improving its Health Sciences programs in partnership with the company.

There is no one-size-fits-all partnership between the community college and industry. Arrangements can range from brief partnerships that fill immediate hiring needs to long-term strategic relationships that provide ongoing training and development for current and future employees.

The Industry Workforce Needs Coalition, a national network of businesses striving to increase the number of skilled workers, outlines three separate levels of industry-aligned partnerships:

Level 1: New relationships

Colleges and companies partner for mentoring, professional development, and career and education navigation.

Level 2: Working relationship

Partnerships emphasize work experience programs such as internships and co-ops; externships for professors and instructors; and in-kind resources, including space, materials and professional expertise.

Level 3: Strategic relationship

This “all in” approach pairs colleges and companies to provide accredited corporate training, prior-learning assessments of employees, additional public/private partnerships, curriculum development and industry credentials.

The coalition’s blueprint for establishing and maintaining successful industry-aligned partnerships is available at UBmag.me/industry.

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