ERIC Number: ED250488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of High Tech Industry Executives and Administrators of Public Two-Year Postsecondary Institutions Regarding the Training Needs of High Tech Industries. Research Report.
Anderson, B. Harold; King, J. Wayne
Perceptions of Colorado high technology industry executives and administrators of public two-year postsecondary institutions were surveyed to determine if the educational needs of high technology industries are being met. Their perceptions were also surveyed regarding the role of the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute. Data were obtained from executives and administrators in Colorado and 12 other states. Data analysis revealed that good work habits and special technical skills were rated very important. Broad general education and computer literacy skills received the lowest rating. The greatest need was perceived for technicians, then skilled workers and bachelor's degree graduates. High technology industries' recommendations as to how educational institutions can better serve their needs included the following: provide better quality programs, teach students good work habits, and provide more flexibility in programs. Factors preventing high technology firms from seeking cooperation from institutions included failure of educators to communicate what services they provide to industry, and lack of flexibility or ability to provide short-term or fast track programs. Factors that reduced institutions' ability to serve industry were lack of resources, lack of qualified instructors, and improper facilities. (Twenty-one tables are provided. Appendixes include survey mailing lists and questionnaires.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Entry Workers, Industry, Job Skills, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, School Role, State Surveys, Technical Institutes, Technological Advancement, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Denver. Div. of Occupational Education.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Dept. of Vocational Education.
Identifiers: Colorado; Colorado Advanced Technology Institute
Note: Document contains portions in small print.