ERIC Number: ED214591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Postsecondary Occupational Education: National Trends, Issues, and Potential Implications for Texas Public Community/Junior Colleges.
Campbell, Dale F.
Three issues concerning the provision of occupational education in the community college are addressed in this paper. First, trends in business and industry are identified which point to an increased role for the colleges in training skilled technicians for high-technology industries. The problems of skilled labor shortages and lack of international competitiveness are highlighted, and a proposal for the development of a national policy on human resources and economic development is outlined. Second, five major issues faced by Texas are addressed: (1) the community college mission in the area of vocational education; (2) the identification of state needs and institutional responsibility for providing training; (3) the establishment of state policies for economic development and manpower training; (4) the determination of the relationship between industry and community colleges; and (5) the establishment of sources of funding for programs to train skilled workers. Third, potential solutions to these problems are proposed based on experiences in other states. The paper recommends that community colleges work as partners with industry to achieve economic development; that colleges identify themselves as the main deliverers of skilled training; that input on college role in human resource development be provided; and that new programs be started with state support to address industry needs for skilled workers. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Mid-Winter Conference of the Texas Public Community/Junior College Association, Presidents' Association (Austin, TX, February, 1982).