ERIC Number: ED343633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Direct Services to Business Delivered by Colorado Community Colleges.
Kantor, Sherrie L.
A statewide survey was conducted to document and analyze the variety of direct services to businesses and industry provided by Colorado's 15 community colleges. At each college, the president and the individual responsible for direct instructional services to business were surveyed using a personal interview format in addition to a survey questionnaire. The findings, based on returns from 14 colleges, include the following: (1) Colorado community colleges customized their direct services to business over 50% of the time, compared to national figures indicating that over 50% of business services by community colleges were modified or off-the-shelf versions of regular course offerings; (2) 50.6% of the courses offered focused on job-specific vocational skills; (3) the highest volume of instructional services were concentrated in eight colleges where economic conditions were strong and the population size was large, whereas noninstructional services were spread evenly among the community colleges around the state; (4) more employers purchased noninstructional services, such as customized small business services, than instructional services; and (5) state economic initiatives accounted for 17% of the employees receiving customized training. The study report includes a list of recommendations, reflections upon the future missions of community colleges, and statistical data on study findings. (JSP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.; Aurora Community Coll. CO.