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Leigh and Gill focus on two major, policy relevant sources of change at the local level. First, on the supply side, they examine how responsive community colleges’ are at meeting the needs of the growing immigrant population for education and training. Then, on the demand side, they look into whether the need of local employers for skilled workers is being met, an issue impacted by dynamic technological change and increased global competition.


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  1. Introduction
  2. Development of the California Community College System
  3. Studies of the Effect of Community Colleges on Educational Attainment
  4. Studies of Community Colleges' Responsiveness to Changes in Employer Skill Requirements
  5. Responsiveness to the Educational Needs of Immigrants by Narrowly Defined Ethnic Categories
  6. Community Colleges' Responsiveness to Local Labor Market Demand
  7. Summary and Policy Implications


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EDUCATION; Postsecondary education; Career and technical education; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning; Regional collaboration

Do Community Colleges Respond to Local Needs?: Evidence from California




Leigh, Duane E., and Andrew M. Gill. 2007. Do Community Colleges Respond to Local Needs?: Evidence from California. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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