CCBCase-Making Tools: Using Lightcast™ to Conduct Supply and Demand Analysis

Are you wondering what you can do to make the best case for your CCB program? We’ve got you!

Join us Tuesday, June 4 at 2 pm EST as Tim Harmon, President of Workforce Enterprise Services, Inc. and a Bragg & Associates researcher, discusses a new supply and demand tool, featuring Lightcast Analyst software, for use by states and colleges who are analyzing labor-market data as they consider new CCB programs.

A panel discussion will focus on the broader context for supply and demand analysis from the perspective of a CCB state and a non-CCB state. Featuring:


Virtual Convening
Insights from the Great Lakes: Policies to Improve Bachelor’s Attainment

Supported by The Joyce Foundation, this interactive discussion featured researchers, policy leaders, and practitioners who shared strategies and tools they have utilized to promote equitable baccalaureate attainment. University-community college partnerships, community college baccalaureates, financial aid reform, and emerging trends were presented by:

  • Emily Goldman, Joyce Foundation
  • Nicole Smith, Chief Economist, Georgetown CEW (Dr. Smith’s slide deck)
  • Angela Kersenbrock, CCBA
  • Debra Bragg & Tim Harmon, Bragg & Associates
  • Great Lakes policy leaders who discussed new and evolving bachelor’s pathways strategies applicable to all community colleges including:






THE LATEST CCB DATA: Tracking the Growth of CCB Degrees in the U.S. New Results and Important Perspectives

During this insightful webinar, CCBA and Bragg & Associates reviewed the impressive growth of the nation’s CCB degree programs and compare research from 2021 to new findings gathered in 2023 including:  which CCB programs are growing the fastest, where they are located, and who is graduating from the longest-running CCB programs by college geography and student demographics.

A panel of experienced practitioners and researchers shared diverse views on these findings and independent perspectives regarding the future of CCB degrees including:


  • Dr. Debra Bragg, President, Bragg & Associates, Inc.
  • Dr. Angela Kersenbrock, President, CCBA
  • Dr. Cheryl Cicotti, Project Director, CCBA
  • Tim Harmon, President, Workforce Enterprise Services


  • Dr. Elizabeth Meza, Senior Research Scientist, University of Washington
  • Dr. Kathleen Plinske, President, Valencia College
  • Jim Reed, Executive Director, Illinois Community College Trustees Association


Scaling Up Baccalaureate Pathways for a More Equitable Future

Dr. Debra Bragg president of Bragg & Associates and CCBA President Dr. Angela Kersenbrock recently convened online to highlight the power of the community college baccalaureate as they started the second phase of research funded by the ECMC Foundation.

Featuring a panel of special guests including:

Drs. Bragg and Kersenbrock reviewed the accomplishments from the first phase of funding and introduce a comprehensive plan to create evidenced-based guidance and tools to enable states and community colleges to scale up CCB degrees.


Highlights and Lessons from Leaders in the Field

During our September 2023 CCBA Institute Webinar, supported by ECMC Foundation, CCB colleagues in critical industry sectors shared practitioner-focused strategies, tools for aligning with industry partners and proven practices as they answered questions such as:

  • Why and how was your baccalaureate program established?
  • Who are the partners you worked with to develop the degree?
  • How were you able to recruit faculty with the skills, expertise, and credentials needed?
  • How is the program ensuring equitable admissions for historically underrepresented students?

 Moderated by CCBA President Dr. Angela Kersenbrock and featuring:


CCBA Partners with ECMC Foundation to Promote Baccalaureate Pathways to Create a More Equitable Future

CCBA Board Member Mike Hansen, President Dr. Angela Kersenbrock; Dr. Debra Bragg, President, Bragg & Associates, Inc.; and Rosario Torres, Program Officer for Career Readiness at ECMC Foundation, discuss how these projects will facilitate the development and expansion of high-value CCB degrees across the nation.

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Community College Baccalaureate Expansion: A Panel Discussion What, Why and How

This interactive conversation explores strategies three states employed to achieve legislative approval, why program expansion was considered important, how additional CCBs will address critical workforce needs and the outcomes they anticipate.

With higher education innovators:

  • Jamilyn Hinton Penn, Ed.D., Director of Transfer Education Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Landon Pirius, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor Academic & Student Affairs Colorado Community College System
  • Richard Woodfield, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer Ohio Association of Community Colleges

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Mapping the Community College Baccalaureate: Policy, Programs and Institutions

As more states begin to open the door for community college baccalaureates, New America and a national team of CCB researchers have been exploring:

  • What types of community colleges have CCB programs available?
  • What areas of study are most common?
  • How many CCB programs are there?

After nearly a year of data collection and analysis, new data on CCB-conferring institutions and programs will help researchers, policymakers, and college leaders begin answering key questions about the role CCBs are playing in baccalaureate degree access across the country.

In this conversation, CCB scholars review the inventory of community college baccalaureate programs and the implications for the field.

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California's CCB Journey: A Panel Discussion

Meet the Higher Education Trailblazers that Set the Stage for this Historic Milestone

On October 6, 2021, following a decade of advocacy, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 927, making 15 community college baccalaureate pilot programs permanent and extending the opportunity to all of the state’s community colleges.

This powerful conversation focused on California’s CCB history, current data, and the degree expansion process, featuring the women who played an integral role in this historic milestone:

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CCB Voices: A Conversation with Graduates and Students

Regional public universities and private for-profit institutions already offer baccalaureate degrees. Why should community colleges also offer bachelor’s programs? To explore this question we listened to the inspiring stories of the beneficiaries of the community college baccalaureate movement: CCB graduates and students.

Moderated by University of Washington Senior Research Scientist Dr. Elizabeth Meza (read her New America research brief), our panel of community college baccalaureate graduates and students discussed why they enrolled in a community college to earn a bachelor’s degree and the personal and professional impact the programs provided them as adult, “non-traditional” students. 

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Employer Partnerships Essential to High-Quality CCB Programs

How do we build and implement community college baccalaureate programs that have strong employer and industry partnerships?

Moderated by CCB researcher Tim Harmon, president of Workforce Enterprise Services, this webinar will explore employer partnerships as an important element of effective CCB programs. Our panelists will highlight the promising practices of two programs: the Bachelor of Science in Biomanufacturing at MiraCosta Community College in California, and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development at Green River College in Washington. The principles discussed are applicable to all program areas.

Webinar brought to you by the CCBA with the support of the ECMC Foundation.

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Lessons from the Field: Scaling Up Student-Centered CCB Programs

What practices contribute to student success in Community College Baccalaureate (CCB) programs?

Led by Moderator Dr. Angela Kersenbrock, president of CCBA, this webinar reviews the results of a national study of promising practices funded by the ECMC Foundation. Rosario Torres, program officer at ECMC Foundation, will discuss the importance of promising practices and researchers Dr. Debra Bragg, president of Bragg & Associates, and Tim Harmon, president of Workforce Enterprise Services, will share recent research findings and lessons learned.

David Sanders, president of Malcolm X College (Chicago) and Dr. Vicky Wood, president of Washington State Community College (Ohio) will also join us for a conversation about their plans and aspirations for growing student-centered CCB programs.

This webinar is brought to you by the CCBA with support of the ECMC Foundation.

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