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  • Maria Claudia Soler’s brief covering the growth of CCB state policy.
  • Elizabeth Meza and Ivy Love brief comparing and contrasting what we know about CCB programs, graduates, and economic outcomes in Florida and Washington.
  • Full national inventory of CCB states, colleges, and programs from Debra Bragg, Tim Harmon, and Ivy Love.

Currently, half of U.S. states—25 states—authorize at least some community colleges to offer bachelor’s degree programs, and that number is growing. But why does this matter? Because these career-oriented programs are providing access to bachelor’s degrees and the economic opportunities that come with them in rural and urban communities across the country. Colleges develop these programs in response to local labor market demand, meaning community college bachelor’s programs (CCBs) are often on the cutting edge of growing careers.

In conjunction with EdScoop’s IT Modernization Week, we invite you to join the Center on Education & Labor at New America at 2:00pm on Friday, March 4 for a discussion on where and how CCB programs are connecting students to opportunity. We’ll cover the basics of where these programs are available, the most common majors, equity implications of CCBs and more.

The Growing State CCB Policy Landscape

Dr. Maria Claudia Soler, @MariaCSoler
American Council on Education

Mapping Current CCB Colleges and Programs

Tim Harmon
Workforce Enterprise Services, Inc.

CCB Enrollment and Outcomes

Dr. Debra Bragg, @ddbragg
Bragg & Associates, Inc.

CCB Implications for Equity, Access, and Success

Ivy Love, @IvyRuthL
Center on Education & Labor at New America