ERIC Number: ED392499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Technology Transfer Needs of Bay Area Business and Environmental Consultants.
Freeman, Robin M.; And Others
In 1995, Merritt College, in Oakland, California, conducted telephone interviews with 23 hazardous waste generating businesses and 30 environmental professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area to determine interest in receiving training from the college related to waste management and areas of training needed. An analysis of responses revealed the following: (1) 83% of the responding waste-generating businesses handled hazardous waste, with two-thirds reporting that they required permits; (2) with respect to these businesses' training needs, worker health and safety was the most cited area of greatest importance, while access to regulations, environmental cleanup, hazardous waste management, recycling, and managing wastewater discharges were also cited; (3) most of the waste-generating businesses preferred one-on-one education, while 4- to 16-hour day or evening classes and ongoing, onsite training also received support; (4) smaller waste-generating companies primarily expressed interest in learning overall compliance regulations in a hands-on setting, while businesses of all sizes were interested in training to reduce the cost of compliance; (5) for the 30 environmental professionals, 60% served more private than public clients; and (6) 66% of these professionals expressed a need for information on soil vapor extraction and 40% were interested in environmental design. Appendixes include the waste-generators and environmental professionals survey instruments, with tabulated responses, and a list of sources used to determine the survey sample. (TGI)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Compliance (Legal), Contract Training, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Environmental Standards, Environmental Technicians, Hazardous Materials, Job Training, Needs Assessment, School Business Relationship, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Waste Disposal, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Defense, Washington, DC.; California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: B. C. Associates Consultants, Berkeley, CA.; Merritt Coll., Oakland, CA.
Identifiers: Merritt College CA; Training Needs
Note: For a related document on employment for environmental graduates, see JC 960 162; appendixes 3, 6, and 8-12 contain confidential materials from survey respondents and are not included in the report.