Case Study

Community College of Rhode Island: Building a 21st Century Workforce

Nationwide, community colleges are viewed as the “workhorses” of the education and training world, playing critical roles in regional economies by supplying a skilled workforce to support and spur economic growth. Recognizing the critical role that the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), in particular, plays in increasing the skills and experience of the state’s workforce, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation recommended that the state establish a CCRI 21st Century Workforce Commission. The Commission was established and tasked with providing recommendations to strengthen CCRI’s position as a key institution in preparing the state’s workforce for high-wage job opportunities in a knowledge-based economy. This report highlights the observations and recommendations of the Commission, which can easily be translated to other states.