ERIC Number: ED229068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
BIC (Business-Industry Council): A Concept Paper for Administrative Discussion.
Griffin, W. A., Jr.
Business-industry councils exist at both the national and local levels. At the national level, the Business-Industry Community College Coalition seeks to increase community college visibility, promote employer-specific programs and services, and establish closer working ties between schools and industry. At the local level, colleges have established comprehensive advisory councils made up of private-sector executives who help shape programs for employment and economic development. At Colby Community College (CCC), a BIC could help: (1) establish CCC as the primary vehicle in training, retraining, and upgrading the local workforce; (2) reduce employer training expenses; (3) facilitate the use of business manpower and equipment in occupational training; (4) reduce the number of business failures in the CCC service area; and (5) enhance college support. A first step in forming a BIC at CCC would be to establish an economic profile of the service area and determine currently existing linkages with the private sector. Subsequent activities would include in-house surveys of specific training programs, the establishment of an Economic Development Advisory Committee, a BIC event explaining the advantages of contracting with CCC for employee training to local business leaders, and follow-up contacts. Media attention and support from the college faculty would be essential for the success of this venture. (DAB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colby Community Coll., KS.