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The higher education system is a major force in economic, racial, and gender inequality that serves the pockets of corporations and the ultra-wealthy. This report delves into the principles, membership, and strategies of Student Action, a group devoted to utilizing direct action, electoral work, and narrative building to fight for fully funded and free higher education, accessible to all students, including undocumented and formerly incarcerated students. Student Action has three goals for how they want their campaign to transform society: they want to shift the balance of power from corporations and the 1% to ordinary communities, radicalize a generation of young people, and make education in the U.S. into a human right, and not a commodity.
Business and education communities share an understanding of the type, level, and quantity of skills and credentials needed by the workforce. However, community colleges often struggle to engage employers effectively. This report outlines strategies community colleges can take to partake in effective engagement with employers, in order to build deep, sustainable relationships that ensure their curriculum design and credentials meet the needs of industry sectors/clusters important to the region, and that students exit institutions able to demonstrate that they have the skills and credentials needed by business.