ERIC Number: ED244648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May-3
Reference Count: 0
Education for California's Changing Economy.
Hubbard, Pat Hill
There is an increased need for state and private sector support to expand the capacity of California's community colleges and universities to graduate the number of engineers and technicians necessary for the projected expansion of the state's high technology industries. Current estimates indicate that there will be a national shortfall of 22,000 electrical and computer engineers per year through 1987, due primarily to a lack of educational resources to accommodate qualified applicants. Faculty positions in engineering cannot be filled largely because of uncompetitive starting salaries, and laboratory equipment is outdated and in inadequate supply. In spite of the current economic downturn, the needs of the high technology industry for qualified personnel remain strong. To meet these needs, both industry and government must share responsibility with education to ensure an adequate supply of graduates. Industry is responding to this need in a variety of ways. The American Electronics Association, for example, is encouraging each of its member companies to give 2% of its research and development funds to engineering education and is providing the resources to allow its representatives to serve on government, educational and advisory boards. To supplement industry support, government must maintain an adequate funding base for occupational education or accept the erosion of the quality and level of services. Government can also be the catalyst to encourage the partnership among industry, education, and government. (HB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Demand Occupations, Educational Responsibility, Employment Projections, Engineering Education, Engineering Technicians, Engineers, Financial Support, Government School Relationship, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education Technical Manpower Council (Sacramento, CA, May 3, 1983).