Although financial and cultural challenges may present initial barriers to collaboration between community colleges and industry, overcoming these difficulties can make a big impact on local efforts to boost workforce development, according to a new report by Elizabeth Mann of Brookings’ Brown Center on Education Policy.

The report, “Connecting Community Colleges with Employers: A Toolkit for Building Successful Partnerships” offers practical advice on how community colleges can build relationships with business and industry leaders in order to build strong workforce development programs. For more information about this report and other innovation news, see  Innovation NJ’s August newsletter.