The College of the Community
The COVID-19 pandemic has touched all aspects of life as we know it, including a profound impact on higher education, including how courses will be offered, whether students will return to campus, how services are delivered and more. The toll it is taking on our public health infrastructure is unmatched, except for the economic disruption it has caused. Since mid-March, America has lost over 20 million jobs, a number not seen since the Great Depression. Thankfully, some of the job loss is temporary, as businesses were forced to close due to the shelter in place policies by many states. Even when these policies are lifted, though, there will still be economic repercussions for years to come.
LCCC can quickly address these economic issues and meet local workforce needs and can work closely with local employers to develop new programs and update current ones. Lehigh Carbon Community College students have been profoundly impacted as well, but the college provides support for them to succeed professionally, personally and educationally. Programs range from workforce training for those looking to upskill or retrain, to credit programs transferable to a four-year college.
As businesses begin to reopen, and a new normal is established, LCCC will continue to offer the flexibility and affordability to allow a multi-pronged approach to training and development, impacting the rebound and recovery of the economy.
LCCC can aid displaced workers and those underemployed through skill-building training relevant to the local workforce and can offer key training to local and regional businesses. The college is an ideal local choice for those looking for quality, cost-effective degree programs that are close to home, especially for those hesitant to venture far from home while the pandemic is still unpredictable.
Because career development programs at LCCC are designed with input from local employers, courses of study are closely aligned with what can benefit the individual looking to advance their career or learn new skills. These courses offer hands-on experience that is key to helping students develop new skills.
Traditionally, community colleges offer a place where technically skilled potential employees can be found, and local businesses can engage the future workforce through teaching demonstrations and facility tours. Additionally, when businesses decide to upskill or train their employees for career growth within the organization, they often tap community colleges to do so. LCCC has worked with companies across the area to provide this training.
In many cases, the new skills acquired through a community college program bring promotion and increased pay and benefits for employees, and increased productivity for employers. Community colleges, in this respect, help in the growth of the local economy by ensuring that there are enough highly skilled individuals to meet employer needs.
LCCC will continue to be a great choice in the post-pandemic landscape, offering high-quality, accessible and affordable education close to home.