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Reimagining Career Colleges for the 21st Century

DESCRIPTION

The goal of the project was to develop a new business model reflecting the needs of students, employers and institutions. Every year, millions of students attend vocational (career) colleges with hopes of finding jobs after graduation, but many end up unemployed and in debt, evidence of a significant disconnect between the goals of education and the job market. In an effort to change this failing model, the ECMC Foundation engaged IDEO to help design a radical new vision for the future of career colleges. IDEO and the ECMC Foundation sought to develop a vision that could be used as a benchmark for the sector, presenting a student-centered educational experience with a business model that aligns students, employers, and institutions as partners in advancement. A key issue was the need to prioritize the parallel development of students’ soft skills - like collaboration and communication styles - and hard skills, ensuring graduates are not only properly trained in the unique skills of their chosen career path, but also prepared to adapt to professional environments.

JUSTIFICATION

The project led to implementation of a unique curriculum, an outcome of business - college collaboration, that significantly improved the quality of education services and helped students be better prepared for the needs of the employment market.

REFERENCES

https://www.ideo.com/case-study/reimagining-career-colleges-for-the-21st-century

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TYPE OF EXAMPLE

 

GOOD

DETAILS

AUTHORS

IDEO

YEAR

2016

PREPARED FOR

ECMC FOUNDATION

COUNTRY

USA

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