ERIC Number: ED219539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-29
Reference Count: 0
Testimony. Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary & Vocational Education.
Lynch, Edward J.
The largest public community college in Michigan, Macomb Community College (MCC), is located in the county that is most closely tied to Michigan's automobile industry. Because of recent high unemployment in the automobile industry, MCC must now expand its occupational offerings to meet the needs of displaced workers who must either gain new skills or upgrade existing ones. Particularly needed in the Macomb County area are programs to provide workers with skills that have become necessary in light of the following recent changes in area industry: increased demands for computer-trained machinists; expanding use of industrial robots, plastics, and electronics components; new interest in alternative energy sources; greater emphasis on health and safety in the workplace; and the beginnings of a movement to expand the role of the community college in apprenticeship training. To accommodate these and other changes in its service area, MCC has developed plans for 15 new programs over the next 3 years, has initiated 10 new programs in the past 2 years, and will modify 16 others this year. If the federal government does not significantly increase vocational funding to Michigan, MCC will not be able to meet the challenges currently facing it. (MN)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Employment Patterns, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Financial Needs, Financial Support, Industrialization, Job Skills, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Position Papers, Program Development, Public Policy, Skill Development, Trade and Industrial Education, Two Year Colleges, Unemployment, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Macomb County Community College MI; Michigan
Note: Paper presented before the Congressional Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education (Washington, DC, April 19, 1982).