Community College/Career Collaboration (C4)

Rockville, MD

The Community College/Career Collaboration (C4) project is increasing college and career success for low-income adults by replicating community college/Goodwill partnerships in new sites. By 2014, nine Goodwill/community college partnerships will be documented and presented for replication; 60 partnerships will be actively engaged; and 18,000 individuals will have received a credential.


Since 2009, Goodwill (GII) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) have capitalized on the alignment of their missions to advance credentials and employment success for low-income and underserved populations served by Goodwill Industries. This initiative augments existing collaborations and expands the reach and success of community colleges and Goodwills throughout the country. The C4 project demonstrates the potential to transform distinct systems through visionary leadership and an action-oriented network of workforce intermediaries.

The C4 initiative continues to engage Goodwills and community colleges in discussions of model scale and/or replication. This initiative has gained momentum as interest increases, new partnerships emerge and local initiatives evolve into regional and statewide partnerships. Our work to date through C4 has solidified a commitment to a relationship framework of sustainable and intentional partnership that builds stronger communities.  

Goodwills and community colleges recognize the mutual benefits that stem from these partnerships such as the ability to:

  • Leverage resources, including space, equipment, staff and counselors, credit-bearing curricula and wrap-around services.  Services include case management, funding and scholarships and supportive services such as transportation, housing, child care, etcetera. 
  • Work jointly to strategize and engage businesses in program design, oversight, internship provision and hiring.  
  • Work with employers to build relationships with multiple C4 sites to meet workforce demands for skilled workers.
  • Utilize and share data (e.g., performance and credentials attained), labor market trends and/or co-enrolled student information.

The C4 initiative has provided support to 42 Goodwills that have developed partnerships with 55 community colleges.  Those partnerships have helped 4,948 students enroll in courses and 4,057 complete coursework and earn credentials.  Additionally, five C4 business models have been documented and profiled in learning labs. The following sites have been profiled.

  • Goodwill of Greater Washington/Northern Virginia Community College (DC/Northern Virginia)
  • Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina/Forsyth Technical Community College (Winston-Salem, NC) 
  • Goodwill Industries of San Antonio/Alamo College (TX).  
  • Seattle Goodwill Industries/King County Community College System (WA) 
Expected Outcomes: 

By 2014, the expected outcomes are:

  • Four additional Goodwill/community college partnerships will be documented and presented for replication, for a total of nine.
  • 40 new Goodwill-Community College partnerships, for a total of 60 active partnerships
  • 18,000 individuals will be served through C4 partnerships



Tom Nickerson
Workforce Development Director


15810 Indianola Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
United States