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Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Despite recent talk about the worsening condition of the U.S. workforce, more highly skilled workers are still needed to help America maintain its competitive edge. But that insight doesn't exactly constitute a "Eureka!" moment for community college leaders. In reality, community colleges have been working with industry executives and other stakeholders for years to provide students and displaced workers with the hands-on training and know-how to become active participants in the new global economy. Despite misconceptions, research shows community colleges are leveraging the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to help industry achieve success. This article presents examples that illustrate how some community colleges have used ingenuity, tenacity, and partnerships to tap into WIA resources and meet community workforce needs. It also presents 10 challenges that are common to community colleges in their efforts to work with WIA.