ERIC Number: ED345790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Meeting Employer Needs and the Labor Market Experience of Job Upgrading and Retraining Students in Washington Community Colleges. A Baseline Report. Operations Report No. 91-3.
In 1991, the Washington State Board for Community College Education conducted a study to determine the strengths and shortcomings of Washington community colleges' efforts to provide upgrading and retraining for employed workers. Data were derived from four separate studies conducted in 1990, including a survey of 1,151 employed students at eight colleges, summaries of focus groups and structured interviews, an analysis of community college enrollment data, and a survey of employer satisfaction with specialized training activities for the current workforce. Highlighted findings included the following: (1) 5% (110,000) of the 2,300,000 workers in Washington state enrolled in community colleges in fall 1990, and a third (35,700) did so with the goal of upgrading or retraining; (2) workers most likely to be served were women, workers with a high school diploma or some college education, younger workers and those in health, managerial, or administrative occupations; (3) the state general fund paid for most upgrading and retraining, with only 20% funded entirely by employers through contracted courses; (4) more students enrolled for upgrading and retraining (24%) than for entry-level job preparation (22%), with nearly 13.5% of the total full-time equivalent devoted to employed Washington workers; (5) about 64% of those enrolled in fall 1990 expected to need continual training (at least every few years); (6) students were least satisfied with the availability of classes, especially night courses, at community colleges; (7) employers were most satisfied with the cost-effectiveness of community college training; and (8) 95% of the state's employers have never contacted a community college for upgrading or retraining their workers. Appendixes provide the survey instruments and data summaries. (JSP)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Financial Support, Interviews, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Needs Assessment, Occupational Surveys, Off the Job Training, Questionnaires, Retraining, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.
Note: This report is based primarily on the dissertation research and analysis performed by Nancy Borton and Walt Nolte.