Parnerships allow colleges to directly respond to high-tech labor
needs in the community (Karam, 2019).
Partnerships can provide students with real world experiences.
Community college partnerships
To prevent ethical dilemmas partners should
Partnerships are prone to ethical dilemmas
Share information equitably
Maintain clear roles and responsibilities
Sustain programs by keeping them up-to-date
Community colleges and their partners engage students to become more
civically and socially responsible
Partnerships give students experience with real world technologies
Students can engage in vocational training and community programs,
Partnerships can provide opportunities for students to engage in civic
Consider the following:
The president of a community college partnered with a local
hospital. As part of this partnership, the hospital agreed to donate
butterfly needles to the phlebotomy program. The community
college waited six weeks, but the donation never came. When the
program director contacted the hospital, they denied that they
wanted to make a donation but rather wanted to sell the butterfly
needles to the program.
Although the community college tried to
communicate with the hospital to repair relations,
their attempts were unsuccessful. Eventually, the
community college broke its partnership and health
care graduates were unable to fully utilize the
benefits such a partnership could have provided.
Ethical partnerships require attention to conflicting
responsibilities on the individual and the institution
(Danley & Christiansen, 2019). Yet, when these conflicts can be
prevented or resolved, it allows for dynamic relationships to be
established that greatly benefit students.