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Lessons from MDC’s Career Pathways for a Green South

How Community Colleges Can Respond to Economic Crisis: Community colleges are increasingly expected to solve some of our most intractable problems. These institutions have historically played an important role in helping individuals move up the career ladder and into the middle class through job training and educational credentials. However, the financial collapse of 2008 brought extraordinary levels of unemployment, foreclosure, and declining income, and with it the need for a different approach to retraining—especially for those most in need. This report is the first in a three-part series reflecting on the lessons learned from MDC’s Career Pathways for a Green South project.
 
Using Performance Measurement to Inform: A look at the Recovery Act data system: Performance management can seem like an overwhelming task and concerns about how funders perceive results may cause anxiety. However, capturing detailed information about the services provided, outputs, and outcomes can actually help organizations more effectively describe their work and learning. Organizations can use performance management systems to illustrate the journey of a program from beginning to end. This report is the second in a three-part series reflecting on the lessons learned from MDC’s Career Pathways for a Green South project.
 
Scaling the Impact of the Career Pathways for a Green South Program: In order to see long-term change in credential attainment and employment numbers, institutions must be able to sustain quality programming while reaching more people. CPGS colleges showed that even short-term programs can be testing grounds for improved policies and practices that have long-lasting effect on institutions and students. This report is the third in a three-part series reflecting on the lessons learned from MDC’s Career Pathways for a Green South project.