Community College to Career (CCC) Project – A project to improve the outcomes of low-income students in career-technical programs

The Community College to Career (CCC) project seeks to increase the number of low-income individuals who earn a credential from a community college and find employment that allows them to earn a middle-class wage. With seed funding from the UM Global Challenges initiative, we will develop an advising tool that leverages web- and\or mobile-technology to provide students with critical information and support. This project will engage UM students and faculty from education, economics, public policy and computer science to work with Detroit-area community colleges in developing the tool. Our development process will involve (a) interviews with students, advisors, and administrators at our partner CCs to assess shortcomings of their existing systems (human and technology); (b) study of existing web-based systems; (c) development of a fully interactive and intelligent advising tool; and (d) cleaning and digitization of existing CC records.

This advising tool has the potential to not only increase CC student completion rates, but to help students select a program that is well-matched to their interests and is valued by the labor market. Our goal is to create a cost-effective application that could be used not only by other CCs in the U.S., but by comparable educational institutions in other countries.

Project Team:

Brian Jacob, Ford School of Public Policy, College of LSA, School of Education
Peter Bahr, School of Education
Kristin Seefeldt, School of Social Work