Non-traditional Functions of Corporate Training Programs

Topics: Community College, Customized Training, Industry Partnerships, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What populations  and industry areas do corporate training programs serve?
  • What are the expected growth areas for corporate training programs?
  • What is the curricular structure of corporate training programs?
  • How do institutions identify and collaborate with corporate partners?


Corporate training programs present an opportunity to serve non-traditional students and their employers with customized short-term, non-credit academic programs.  In this brief, contacts at corporate training divisions at institutions in the United States and Canada identify strategies for partnering with corporate clients to meet local workforce training needs. Contacts also detail the process for corporate training program development as well as the differences between corporate training programs and other types of workforce development programs (e.g., community education).