ERIC Number: ED370657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-7
Reference Count: N/A
Business Industry Technical Assistance Center, Hazard Community College.
Marrow, Alvin J.
The Business Industry and Technical Assistance Center (BITAC) was established in 1986 at Hazard Community College, in Kentucky, to serve as an information and technical assistance center for small business. As the local area began to face layoffs in the coal mining industry, however, the center extended its services in four principal areas: programs, consulting and counseling, workshops, and networking. A number of programs have been developed to help get dislocated workers back into the workforce and assist disadvantaged workers to improve their quality of life, including the 28-week Entrepreneurial Training Program which trains individuals to start, finance, and operate their own small businesses. To date, 90% of all BITAC business starts have succeeded and none has gone bankrupt. Other programs include the Medical Records Processing Program, the Psychiatric Technicians Program, and the Computer Repair Program. Consulting and counseling services are provided to more than 500 clients per year, ranging from information on securing a tax number to developing full business plans. More than 20 workshops on business related topics have been held each year, covering such areas as shoplifting and bad check procedures and cash flow analysis. Finally, a network has been established of more than 82 partners available to work with clients and enhance their chances for success. Since its inception, the center has harnessed federal, state, and local resources to help hundreds of dislocated workers and make an economic difference in the region. (KP)
Descriptors: Business Education, Community Colleges, Community Information Services, Dislocated Workers, Education Service Centers, Education Work Relationship, Entrepreneurship, Industrial Training, Labor Force Development, Program Descriptions, Small Businesses, Technical Assistance, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Hazard Community College KY
Note: Edited version of a paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (74th, Washington, DC, April 6-9, 1994).