A new survey found that community colleges, and especially their noncredit programs, play an outsize role in providing job-focused education.
Opportunity America, a Washington, D.C., think tank focused on economic mobility, explained the survey findings in an accompanying policy report released Tuesday.
The report says community colleges are “poised to come into their own as the nation’s premier provider of job-focused education and training.”
Community and technical colleges educate more people per year than apprenticeship programs, coding boot camps and federal job training programs combined, noted Tamar Jacoby, president of Opportunity America and author of the report. Nonetheless, many people underestimate the value of these institutions.