Community/Employer Partnerships

Columbia Basin College
Pasco, WA

Basic Industrial Maintenance Program

This initiative in Washington State is helping immigrant seasonal farmworkers, usually laid off three to six months each year, develop new industrial maintenance skills to obtain year-round employment in family wage jobs. The effort is a collaboration between Columbia Basin College(CBC), the nonprofit Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), WorkSource Columbia Basin (WCB), and employers represented by Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC), the local economic development organization serving the south-central region of WA.The program is supported by the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Read more.

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, KS

Community Links

Johnson County’s community partnership program—which serves a mix of documented and undocumented immigrant students, international students, and community members—helps individuals navigate a variety of processes that can often present obstacles to higher education: applying for a driver’s license, opening a bank account, locating medical care, accessing community support services, and finding housing. Read more.

Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale, VA

Training Futures-Steps to Success

Northern Virginia Community College and Northern Virginia Family Services Training Futures have pioneered and deepened a unique Steps to Success partnership. Through this community college-nonprofit workforce development partnership, over 600 low-income trainees at Training Futures have enrolled at NOVA and earned college credits to help them launch and advance new professional careers. Read more.


Westchester Community College

Valhalla, NY

Neighbors Link (Mt. Kisco, NY.)

Offered through WCC’s English Language Institute, this daily makeshift “Job English” class for day laborers is held at the job and social services center run by Neighbors Link, a local nonprofit group in Mt. Kisco. Students are juggling jobs and classes, and they come and go as they get hired, but the course is helping them communicate better with employers—and it’s forced Westchester ESL instructors to rethink teaching. Read more.