Following our work at Cumberland County College in New Jersey, leaders from Atlantic / Cape May County College contacted us with questions about how our Community-Centered Strategic Planning Process™ might help them form better community partnerships and position the college as a leader in the area’s economic prosperity.
Our process brought together a wide array of leaders from both inside and outside the college community to think about the needs of community stakeholders (such as employers, students, K-12, and four-year institutions). These priorities were used to help college leaders establish community-focused priorities for their new five-year strategic plan.
As importantly, the College was able to form new strategic partnerships, such as the one they formed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program at Atlantic City Airport – resulting in a new curriculum and career path for college students.
Today, the original planning process used at Atlantic / Cape May College has been updated and modified to align to national policy initiatives and calls for innovation (such as those articulated in “Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future” from the American Association of Community Colleges).
The Community-Centered Strategic Planning Process™ is fast becoming known for its ability to drive transformation and engagement in college planning process, and more – to establish forward-thinking community colleges at the center of community leadership in preparing not just students, but entire communities, for a more prosperous future.