The ability to adapt is one of the best qualities a business can have in today’s quickly changing world — and it’s no different for higher-education institutions, reports. Community colleges offer several examples of programs that went from the drawing board to the classroom very quickly as their leaders try to anticipate the needs of tomorrow’s work force. Debbie Dawson, dean of business and advanced technology at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, said most of her school’s newest programs are in the area of sustainability. And KVCC developed these in practically no time. The Wind Energy Technology certificate was pushed through in two months, and the certificate of achievement for auto-hybrid and advanced-technology vehicles took three months. How fast a program gets launched depends on how urgent the college recognizes the need to be – and KVCC and other institutions of higher education are identifying green-collar jobs as a high priority…

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