Church Partnerships Promote Community Engagement

Community colleges intent on establishing strong connections within predominantly African-American neighborhoods are finding success through partnerships with faith institutions.

“Our faith community has relationships with people who attend their houses of worship in a way that we don’t,” says JaNice Marshall, vice president for access and community connections at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio.

Tri-C’s engagement with churches aims to “raise the level of awareness among parishioners and connect them with opportunities for academic and workforce programs,” Marshall says. “These efforts help parishioners understand what we offer, and what they need to do to be ready for college.”

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