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Working for Adults: State Policies and Community College Practices to Better Serve Adult Learners at Community Colleges During the Great Recession and Beyond

June 2013 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center

Michelle Van Noy, Ph.D. and Maria Heidkamp

June 2013

Community colleges, with their open access and focus on workforce preparation, are often highlighted as well suited to provide the education and training needed by adult workers, many of whom may have or be aging into a disability. This report examines how community colleges serve adults, identifies lessons from research on state policies and college practices to support adults and community colleges as well as includes recommendations for policymakers and practitioners seeking to better serve adults at community colleges, including adults with disabilities. The NTAR Leadership Center (National Technical Assistance and Research Center to Promote Leadership for Increasing the Employment and Economic Independence of Adults with Disabilities) was a training and technical assistance center funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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Working for Adults: State Policies and Community College Practices to Better Serve Adult Learners at Community Colleges During the Great Recession and Beyond