While our community colleges have much to offer today’s students, truly preparing them to succeed in a competitive workforce, we need to think beyond just our downtown borders when building strategic partnerships, writes John Simone in a Perspective, a selection of commentaries for CT by the Numbers.

These partnerships are crucial because our successes and failures don’t stop at the downtown limits. So while Windsor may not have a community college within its borders, it may have high school students and a manufacturer who could benefit from a training program offered in Norwich. Meanwhile, a student can benefit from learning medical animation in Middletown, working at a downtown Hartford hospital during the day, before going home to Portland at night.

Offering attractive, inviting downtowns and Main Streets with a variety of housing, businesses and resources accommodates a population that is fluid not just over the course of a lifespan, but often over the course of a day.

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