ERIC Number: ED339407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Building Effective Partnerships.
Mulder, Anne E.; Wismer, Jack N.
In an era with corporate layoffs, budget freezes, and plant closings, Lake Michigan College (LMC) is providing job training services in the economic revitalization of Southwest Michigan. The college's Corporate and Community Development Division, in cooperation with the Berrien County Economic Development Commission and the Cornerstone Alliance, is seeking to retain, expand, and attract business and industry for Southwest Michigan's economic revitalization. LMC is currently involved in several productive business and industry partnerships focusing on the basic skills employers want (e.g., knowing how to learn; reading, writing, and computation competence; listening and speaking skills; creative thinking and problem solving; and organizational leadership). Among services provided through these partnerships are: (1) testing and providing basic skills training in the workplace for Gast Manufacturing Corporation; (2) the revitalization of Employee Involvement Teams at Bendix Automotive Systems; (3) a Total Quality Management program for Dunlop Automotive Composites; and (4) a training and retraining program focusing on transition training for computer and artificial intelligence training applications and strategic long-term training at Whirlpool Consumer Assistance Center. To be most successful, training programs to deliver workplace skills should begin with a detailed action plan; use a systematic approach to training design, development, and delivery; and integrate job functions with job training using an applied learning approach. A chart listing steps for success, and a checklist for community and economic development are included. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Lake Michigan College MI
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of COMBASE (Oakbrook, IL, September 12-14, 1991).