ERIC Number: ED392489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-2
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Connection: Collegesite/Worksite Learning. High Level Program Integration at McHenry County College.
Beckstrom, Edward S.; Ungari, June
In January 1995, Illinois' McHenry County College began development of an occupational initiative to prepare individuals for functioning in the "high performance workplace" of today's technological and informational society. The initiative, "Academy for High Performance," was designed to integrate general education with an occupational curriculum and offer a significant work-based experience component. A team was formed of faculty from six divisions, a counselor, and employer representatives to develop an integrated curriculum and delivery method which actively involved students in the learning process. The team developed two major curriculum components: a 2-week orientation and a 14-week integrated learning experience. Features of the components include portfolio development, including a personal journal; an integrative case study based on problem-based learning; team building activities; and problem-solving and critical thinking components. The curriculum plan also incorporates courses addressing personal development, interpersonal skills, and process skills. Suggestions for colleges embarking on similar projects include the following: (1) obtain the full support and backing of the college administration at the highest levels; (2) use teams and team-building activities; (3) use smaller groups to accomplish individual tasks and report back to the larger group; (4) allow enough time to complete the task and avoid premature closure; (5) listen to the employee representatives; and (6) expect institutional changes beyond the immediate activity. Course plans and a schedule for fall 1995 are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: McHenry County College IL
Note: Materials from a presentation made at "Workforce 2000," the Annual Conference on Workforce Training of the League for Innovation in the Community College (4th, Orlando, FL, January 31 - February 3, 1996).