ERIC Number: ED225006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec-7
Reference Count: 0
Technical Education in the Enterprise Zone.
Support is growing for the concept of the enterprise zone. Congress has before it a bill, the Enterprise Zone Tax Act of 1982, that would provide incentives and create a climate in which entrepreneurs and business executives would locate businesses in areas of pervasive poverty and unemployment. A potential urban enterprise zone in New York City is the South Bronx. The program's major thrust would be economic development and coordinated employment training in which vocational and technical education could play a vital part. Assuming that high technology companies and plants would relocate in the area, a challenge would be for vocational-technical education to prepare local inhabitants for jobs other than those at the lowest level and in the service sector. The current technological revolution is based on advances and changes in information processing as well as creation and distribution. Entry workers would be required to have a minimum level of technical skills; experienced workers would have to regularly upgrade skills or acquire new ones. The educational system must adapt to the changes to support the economy. Alternatives to extensive retraining of instructors would be hiring instructors from business and industry or having vendors provide inservice training on state-of-the-art practices. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Enterprise Zone
Note: Presented at the American Vocational Education Convention (St. Louis, MO, December 7, 1982).