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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Symbiosis

Community Colleges Strengthen Mission by Engaging Their Host Communities through Innovative Partnerships
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From Volume 45 Number 1 | October–December 2016
By Bryan Irwin, Tyler Patrick

Strategic partnerships are a smart fiscal and educational move for higher education institutions. Many of the nation’s community colleges have long explored symbiotic arrangements that benefit student, community, and school. This article examines three schools’ interactions with their host communities and explores how partnerships help deliver on their role as a true community amenity—from providing their students with state-of-the-art learning environments and working with industry leaders to enhance curricula to reaching a geographically disadvantaged demographic of potential students. Partnership opportunities are broad and plentiful and are often only limited by an institution’s imagination.

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