Community colleges educate more than 13 million students a year. In Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College has provided high quality, affordable education to more than 900,000 members of our community for nearly 50 years.
Now, in these challenging economic times, the ability of community colleges to transform into innovative training centers, led by economic drivers and business needs, will help determine our nation’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.
That is why an employer-led initiative, Skills for America’s Future, was created to foster strong partnerships between business and community colleges. Launched less than two years ago, Skills for America’s Future has grown into a national network of more than 300 partnerships, sharing best practices and building on models that work.
America’s economic competitiveness also hinges on small businesses — the engine of the country’s economy.
Just look at the numbers: Small businesses have generated 64 percent of the net new jobs over the past 15 years in America. They represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms, and our country’s small businesses pay 43 percent of private payroll. The Greater Cleveland area is home to more than 51,000 small businesses.
A key way to create growth and jobs in America is through small businesses, and a key way to create a talented, lasting work force is to educate and train people
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