Community College/Career Collaboration (C4): Community Navigation Model Partnership Between Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona and Coconino Community College

C4: An Introduction

In 2009 with support from Lumina Foundation, Goodwill Industries International (GII) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) launched Community College Career Collaboration (C4), an initiative capitalizing on the alignment of the organizations’ missions to advance credentials and employment success for populations with low incomes that were underserved. Originally launched in Northern Virginia, Winston-Salem, NC, and San Antonio TX, C4 seeks to augment existing collaborations and expand the reach and success of community colleges and Goodwill throughout the country.

Abstract

Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona (GINA) and Coconino Community College’s Community & Corporate Learning Division (CCC CCL) began their partnership three years ago, and since then, have developed five distinct service programs that contribute to good jobs and the development of human capital in the region. Programs include “1st Jobs Summer Youth,” “Goodwill One-Stop Work Readiness,” “Goodwill Safeway World Class Service,” “Adult Probation Life Skills & Work Readiness” – A portion of the Northern Arizona Education & Re-entry Program, and “Prior Learning Assessment Program.” These services are unified under the mission of providing skills needed to obtain and keep a good job. Together these programs provide a support system for a rural community that creates a resilient and prosperous foundation for good jobs, good homes, and good neighborhoods.

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