ERIC Number: ED198853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec-3
Reference Count: 0
Building and Strengthening Linkages between CETA and Community Colleges.
Lapin, Joel D.
A study was conducted by Catonsville Community College (Maryland) to identify those factors that foster successful linkages between Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) sponsors and community colleges. The study involved: (1) identifying exemplary CETA/college linkages through consultation with experts in academe and government; (2) interviewing CETA and college personnel involved in these identified linkages to disqualify those that were, in fact, marked by conflict; and (3) administering a questionnaire to the remaining CETA and college personnel to determine the perceived strengths of the linkages and to identify those linkages that could serve as model CETA/college relationships. Major findings, based on responses from 33 CETA sponsors and 40 colleges, reveal six characteristics of successful linkages: communications and trust are maintained; top college administrators are committed to the program; CETA training benefits general education; the benefits of the CETA linkage are promoted at the college; a liaison person and office are established; and open entry/exit, short-term, performance-based occupational training programs are provided. The study report examines three major barriers to successful cooperation (i.e., conflict associated with educational philosophy and mission; problems of mistrust and negative perceptions; and problems of contrasting operating styles), describes four model CETA/college linkages, and outlines summary recommendations. (JP)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Educational Cooperation, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Job Training, National Surveys, Organizational Communication, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Council for Resource Development Federal Affairs Workshop (14th, Washington, DC, December 3-5, 1980).