Dear partners and innovators,
The six colleges and systems in the first cohort of the Lab’s Community College Growth Engine Fund — CCGEF or the Fund, for short — are piloting their 30+ micro-pathways.
Micro-pathways are two or more stackable credentials (21st century skills included) validated by employers that lead unemployed, displaced, and low-wage workers to median-wage occupations and on a path to a degree.
Cohort 1 colleges have focused on adult learners as their primary target audience, as the data shows these are the majority of learners that enroll in noncredit courses. With that in mind, Cohort 1 intentionally designed their micro-pathways to begin with noncredit programs. This provides adult learners an entry point into postsecondary education and a bridge to higher credentials and degree programs on the credit side. However, this has meant bridging the noncredit-credit divide typical at community colleges. Here's what the colleges have learned so far ...