Industry Futures

A Four-Part Study Series

Topics: Community College, Industry Partnerships, Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Economic Development, Customized Training, Program Market Research

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About the Industry Futures Series

As technology reshapes industries and the workforce prepares for a mass retirement of Baby Boomers, higher education must anticipate the training deficits of the future while continuing to respond to current employer needs. The Industry Futures Series identifies four opportunities for colleges to attract new students while addressing the needs of the local workforce.

Four Opportunities for Community Colleges

The Industry Futures Series combines an analysis of employer demand signals (available through a partnership with the labor market analytics firm Burning Glass) with an examination of the social and technological disruptions shaping the next decade’s workforce.

Aging Services

This first volume explores how the Baby Boomer generation is driving demand for aging services in fields as diverse as health care, finance, and design.

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This second volume explores how to design cybersecurity programs to attract a diverse enrollment pipeline, from K-12 students to career changers from non-technical fields.

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Social Media and Mobile Applications

This third volume explores how to design certificates in social media and mobile applications that appeal to post-baccalaureate career starters in need of technical skills.

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This final volume explores how to incorporate emerging design technologies into manufacturing programs to engage a new generation of students.

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