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Part of an effort to increase the capacity of local citizens to address critical issues facing their communities, this paper reports on a project to develop and test a replicable process for organizing community forums at community colleges. Following introductory remarks, the first section discusses the role of the community college in community development, examining tensions related to implementing development activities and proposing five skill areas of a new development curriculum: grassroots involvement, mediation, collaboration, understanding systems behind issues, and leadership. The next section presents guidelines for conducting community development forums, covering initial appointments, planning the event, building external and internal support, promoting the event, hosting the event, and providing closure. Finally, nine case studies of forums at community colleges are presented, including reports on forums discussing: (1) health care at Santa Fe Community College, Florida, by Chester Leathers and Judy Skelton; (2) economic revitalization at Lane Community College, Oregon, by Jerome Garger; (3) housing at Phoenix College, Arizona, by Sheila Contreras; (4) job strategies at Delta College, Michigan, by Barbara Tedrow; (5) education for health careers at Monroe Community College, New York, by Barbara Kirk and Janet Glocker; (6) Hispanic education at North Lake College, Texas, by Joel Vela, Lynn Brink, and Sue Lee; (7) urban planning at the Seattle Community College District, Washington, by Dena Dawson and A. Barretto Ogilvie; (8) responses to crime at Kirkwood Community College, Iowa, by Richard Pankey; and (9) economic development at Cedar Valley College, Texas, by James Harlow. A discussion on using surveys to support forums is appended. (BCY)

Descriptors: Case Studies, College Role, Community Colleges, Community Development, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Curriculum Development, Economic Development, Guidelines, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges

Autor: LeCroy, Nancy Armes, Ed.


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