ERIC Number: ED329677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-1
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Technical Work Experience vs. College Credit in Meeting the Need for Technically Experienced Industry Trainers/Managers.
Gebo, Emma M.; Smith, Mack W.
Enrollment data confirmed that by fall of 1985, half of the 70 students enrolled in vocational teacher education coursework at Idaho State University (ISU) were involved in corporate training outside of vocational education. ISU's Vocational Teacher Education (VTE) Program has developed a new degree program for corporate trainers that maintains many of the same core requirements as the vocational teacher education degree, but deals with the differences primarily in the elective courses. The Bachelor's Degree in Corporate Training (CT) provides teaching skills for individuals who are career professionals in training and development. The university grants credit for work experience as part of this corporate training degree program. Students in the CT program earn credit for their technical experience in such areas as auto mechanics, merchandising, food service, data processing, and nuclear technology. The third component of the CT degree is composed of required and elective courses directed toward training. The new Master of Education Degree in Occupational Training Management (OTM) continues to build on an individual's training competencies by providing supervisory/managerial skills. Two options are available: vocational program management and industrial training management. Currently, enrollment in degree programs totals over 350 students, with the majority of these students selecting the corporate or industrial programs. Many vocational teachers have opted for CT or industrial OTM because these programs meet vocational certification requirements and provide them with greater flexibility should they return to the private sector. The vocational teacher education program at ISU has benefited by helping both corporate trainers and vocational teachers to establish contacts for cooperative efforts. (NLA)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Credits, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Human Resources, Industrial Training, Job Training, Management Development, Masters Degrees, Personnel Management, Prior Learning, Teacher Education, Trainers, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Idaho State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Salt Lake City, UT, November 1, 1990).