ERIC Number: ED157591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Because of the growing anomaly in the United States and elsewhere--that there is plenty of work, but not enough jobs--vocational/technical schools must develop a new, deeper level of compatibility between work and learning, keeping both systems flexible. Rather than thinking of the transition from learning to working in terms of linking disparate entities, educators and business people should think in terms of a continuum. For example, New York's Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has been operating as an integral part of the industry for which it trains its graduates. In addition to carefully watching graduate placement statistics to prevent specialities from drifting away from industry requirements, FIT invites industry representatives to serve on course committees; encourages faculty to accept outside consulting assignments; employs practicing professionals to teach in both day and evening programs as well as in all senior professional classes; involves industry leaders in educational activities; makes facilities available to manufacturers; and offers programs for professionals. FIT also conducts major studies for the fashion industry, such as on the causes of firm outmigration from New York City and provides industry seminars, a machine test and demonstration center, a maintenance skills upgrading center, and a newsletter on emerging technology. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fashion Inst. of Tech., New York, NY.