ERIC Number: ED248917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul-30
Reference Count: 0
A Feasibility Study to Assess Alternative Energy Program Development Potential at the Community College Level, October 1, 1983-June 30, 1984. Final Report.
Blair, Brittain A.
In 1983-84, a feasibility study was conducted to determine the viability of establishing a comprehensive alternative energy technology program at Southeastern Illinois College (SIC). The study involved an examination of a number of exemplary associate degree programs in alternative energy, through on-site visits and telephone surveys; a survey of business and industry representatives to determine the current and projected labor market for employees with varying degrees of alternative energy skills and knowledge; and a survey of SIC student interest in enrolling in alternative energy-related workshops, courses, and programs at the college. Selected findings included the following: (1) solar and alternative energy education programs have had a difficult time keeping up with the industry; (2) job market demand for employees with associate degrees in solar technology was not strong; (3) most existing programs were experiencing declining enrollment and recruitment difficulties; (4) although difficult to quantify, there were clearly jobs opening in the alternative energy technology, energy management, and energy conservation areas; (5) the jobs in the energy field were and were projected to be in much more diversified areas than had been predicted a few years previously; and (6) less than half of the students surveyed were interested in one- or two-year degree programs in the field. Based on study findings, it was recommended that the SIC alternative energy program be started as part of an existing program. Questionnaires and program descriptions are included. (LAL)
Descriptors: Alternative Energy Sources, Associate Degrees, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Employment Patterns, Employment Projections, Energy Occupations, Labor Market, Needs Assessment, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Questionnaires, Surveys, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Dept. of Adult, Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Illinois Coll., Harrisburg.