ERIC Number: ED226789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Short-Term Training--Where the Action Is!
Moore, George R.
In order to address major permanent changes in the economic structure and workforce of its community, Chemeketa Community College (CCC) in Oregon has made a commitment to initiate as many short-term training programs as its resources permit. Short-term training, which takes less time than regular one-year certificate or two-year associate degree programs, focuses on the acquisition of specific technical skills with minimum coursework in related subjects or general education. Beginning in August l982, CCC began planning two separate short-term training projects in cooperation with the Mid-Willamette Valley Consortium. The Group Occupational Training Project (GOTP) offers short-term training in industrial skills training/mobile home construction, word processing, and typing/transcribing. The Classroom Training Project (CTP) trains dislocated community workers in the areas of electronic technology, computer operations, microprocessor repair, and computer-assisted drafting/graphics. These programs are open-entry/open-exit and competency-based, using course modules based on industry standards and validated through testing programs. Experience so far in planning and implementing these programs has provided insight into: (1) time, philosophical, and attitudinal constraints on initiating new programs; (2) strategies for maintaining consistent and positive relations between the college and consortium, and otherwise promoting program and student success; and (3) implications for CCC's future role in short-term training. (DAB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Chemeketa Community College OR; Short Term Training