ERIC Number: ED244709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-16
Reference Count: 0
Community College Business & Industry Educational Partnerships: An Essential Industrial Development Linkage.
McMullen, Harold G.
Virginia's community colleges could easily be more closely linked to the economic and industrial development upgrade occurring through the Commonwealth. The colleges' educational partnership programs, which have recently been stimulated by government encouragement and intercollegiate cooperation, are ready-made facets of industrial training and provide a reciprocal opportunity for regional economic development on a cooperative basis. As partnerhips with business and industry expand, it is important to study existing arrangements as a basis for planning and further development. "The Educational Partnership Inventory," used by Lord Fairfax Community College provides a useful delineation of the appropriate contributions of the educational network and the firms and agencies contracting for services. College contributions include on- and off-campus instruction, program development, non-credit activities, cooperative education, referrals, diagnostic testing, student services, extended learning opportunities, and needs assessment. Industry responsibilities are related to facilities and equipment, incentives, job placement, consultantships, scholarship funds, staff development, and other areas. Also important to the success of these programs are reciprocity between the colleges and regional economic and industrial development organizations, and state-level liaison development. Effective linkages between education and industry will be especially crucial in preparing for the high technology needs of the future. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lord Fairfax Community Coll., Middletown, VA.