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Community Colleges Launch Framework for Competitive Global Economy

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges releases “Vision 2028: Framework for the Future of New Jersey’s Community Colleges,” a framework that, according to the organization, ensures state residents are prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing world and intensely competitive global economy.

The report identifies key imperatives for the future and commits to significant priorities, all focused on strengthening the critical role that the state’s community colleges play in expanding post-secondary access, success and economic prosperity.  The Council worked closely with the state’s 18 community colleges and with the input of hundreds of community colleges’ leaders and stakeholders on the initiative.

According to Aaron Fichtner, president of New Jersey Council of County Colleges, “The Council is launching four initiatives in support of Vision 2028 and is announcing an expanded commitment to build broad and strong partnerships with state and local government agencies, businesses and industry associations, high schools, four-year colleges and universities, libraries, social services organizations, labor unions, community and faith-based organizations, foundations, and other stakeholders.”

These initiatives will expand on the current efforts of the state’s 18 community colleges to increase the number of New Jerseyans who have earned a post-secondary credential or degree so that the state can meet its ambitious goal of 65% post-secondary attainment by the year 2025.

These initiatives are:

  1. Expanding Pathways that Lead to Credentials and Careers;
  2. Strengthening the Delivery of Innovative Learning of Essential Skills and Abilities;
  3. Connecting Adults to Opportunity; and
  4. Connecting Students to Social Service Supports.

The report can be found at

The Council and the colleges welcome the opportunity to work with a wide array of partners on this important work. Interested partners can connect through the Council’s website and learn more about the initiatives at

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