ERIC Number: ED344108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A World Class Workforce for Wisconsin. Governor's Commission for a Quality Workforce. Executive Summary. Technical Findings. Recommendations.
Wisconsin Governor's Office, Madison.; Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
The skill needs of 3,500 Wisconsin employers were surveyed by mail (1,850 usable returns) and by telephone those of 102 of these employers (93 percent response). Findings included the following: (1) most employers face an increasing shortage of skilled workers; (2) employees tend to be deficient in basic skills; (3) employers are striving for continuous improvement; (4) 57 percent of Wisconsin employers have some involvement with education; (5) about 20 percent of Wisconsin businesses are "best practice firms"; and (6) employers emphasize strengthening basic skills at every level and strengthening technical skills at technical colleges. The following recommendations were made: (1) more Wisconsin employers must adopt new technologies; (2) technical colleges must upgrade offerings to meet employers' needs; (3) technical colleges must work with employers to improve access to training; (4) public education must adopt outcome-oriented, competency-based educational objectives; (5) a Certificate of Initial Mastery should be a prerequisite for employment or training for high school students; (6) technical colleges and high schools must improve alternative education to prevent dropout; (7) high school curricula must be redesigned to prepare noncollege-bound students for technical careers; (8) high school counselors must work with employers to improve the school-to-work transition for noncollege-bound students; and (9) educators and counselors must improve career education. (Appended to the technical findings are the survey form and responses, a list of Wisconsin counties, and 13 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Attitudes, Labor Force Development, Noncollege Bound Students, School Business Relationship, Statewide Planning, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
Wisconsin Department of Administration, Governor's Commission for a Quality Workforce, Document Sales, P.O. Box 7840, Madison, WI 53707-7840 (executive summary: $2.20; technical findings and recommendations: $3.50 each).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Governor's Office, Madison.; Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.