Community College/Career Collaboration (C4): Revenue Sharing – Alternative Career School Model - Alamo Colleges

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

The Good Careers Academy (GCA) was launched by Goodwill Industries of San Antonio in collaboration with Alamo Colleges to provide occupational training and certification that leads to improved employment opportunities for people in the community. The Good Careers Academy is structured to provide college courses with intimate class sizes, wrap-around support services, job readiness training and job placement assistance at four Goodwill® locations.
To access college instructors, curricula and expertise, Goodwill Industries® purchases the continuing education/workforce development courses from Alamo Colleges through contractual agreements. For Alamo Colleges, the relationship provides both a revenue source and an opportunity to extend the reach of the college system to additional communities within its very largeservice area.

GCA graduates earn college certificates and the opportunity to receive credits for a variety of occupations in the fields of information technology, medical and business administration, medical assisting, and logistics, as well as for careers as pharmacy technicians and nursing assistants. The academy is positioned to compete as a student-centered provider in the rapidly expanding for-profit career school market.

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