Aspen Institute Report: Working Together to Strengthen America’s Immigrant Workforce
Submitted by Michael Cruse on November 8, 2016 - 8:35am
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The Aspen Institute has recently published a resource which documents the lessons from seven collaborations between immigrant-serving organizations and community colleges.
Working Together to Strengthen America’s Immigrant Workforce: Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Immigrant-Serving Organizations is focused on the motivations for partnerships, factors that enable these types of collaborations, and strategies for funding and sustaining partnerships.
According to Aspen, "America’s workforce was 16.7 percent foreign-born in 2015 (26.3 million people). Immigrant workers are a key segment of our workforce and economy. However, immigrant and workforce organizations are challenged to effectively meet their education, skill-building and employment needs. To help expand immigrants’ access to skill-building and career-advancement opportunities, one approach is the formation of partnerships between immigrant-serving organizations — such as worker centers and community-based organizations — and community colleges. Such partnerships are rare, and pioneering organizations are just beginning to work together, but early partnerships show promising potential".
This resource outlines the value of partnerships to more effectively meet shared goals, by documenting what partners have said it takes to develop and maintain effective partnerships, and providing real world examples. It also explores considerations for future research and development.