ERIC Number: ED326277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Economic Development and the Role of Community Colleges: Contract Education in Review.
Ramirez, Kevin M.
Community College Issues, v2 n1 Nov 1989
Many California community colleges are accepting the challenge of their vital role in economic development through contract education (i.e., the process of entering into partnerships with business, government, and industry at the work site to assist employer training). Employer-based education and training is generally contracted in one of six ways: (1) employer-funded credit courses not open to the public and referred to as "closed credit"; (2) average daily attendance (ADA) funded credit courses open to the community at large; (3) certificate or degree programs offered on a closed credit or ADA basis; (4) not-for-credit customized training funded by the employer; (5) special topic or umbrella courses; and (6) non-credit offerings funded at a reduced ADA rate. In a study of contract education conducted by the San Bernardino Community College District, 107 California community colleges were contacted to gather information regarding the age of the program, number of contracts, enrollment, kinds of offerings, faculty participation and compensation, collective bargaining, advantages, and disadvantages. Responses from 89 colleges (84%) revealed that the majority of the programs were less than 5 years old, served less than 15 businesses, enrolled less than 300 students, and were staffed by full-time faculty. Cited benefits for the colleges included enhanced faculty and curriculum development and increased income, while the benefits for business included cost effective and convenient quality education and training. Detailed survey results and the survey instrument are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Private Financial Support, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, State Surveys, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
California Association of Community Colleges, 2017 "O" St., Sacramento, CA 95814 ($6.00 each for 1-5 copies; $5.00 each for 6 or more copies).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Community Colleges, Sacramento.