Janell Oberlander, vice president of Gillette College, said an independent district will allow the college to be more “nimble” in responding to those local workforce needs.

“The main advantage is that you have local control,” she said. “We have to have the ability to offer new training opportunities. When new companies are looking to come to our communities, we need to be able to say, ‘Here’s what we can do and here’s how quickly we can wrap this up. Here’s how quickly we can bring in new technology.’”

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Janell Oberlander, SEHD EdD candidate and VP of Gillettee College, interviewed by Inside Higher Ed