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Leading Resilience through Leading Institutions

Leading Resilience through Leading Institutions

Higher education organizations serve as a community-based institution of learning and therefore have a large role in communities and their economic and environmental resilience. Campuses also serve as a living lab, provide programming, curriculum, career pathways, and community leadership, all critical to a community’s resilience. This session highlighted the latest trends in higher education and resilience planning. Attendees explored the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) report, “A Guide to Climate Resiliency & the Community College” where they learned about tools and resources available to support their communities. This presentation reviewed a practical resilience agenda that considers jobs, economic development, training partnerships, and evolving programs through case studies surrounding energy efficiency, emergency response, green infrastructure, healthcare, and cross-sector planning for student success. Attendees gained a greater understanding of the capacity and role of community colleges and a framework to support partnerships in the community, as well as set of tools to support the work.

John Dyer, Director of Workforce and Economic Development, American
Association of Community Colleges
Amanda Kosty, Project Coordinator of Workforce and Economic Devel- opment, American Association of Community Colleges


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