ERIC Number: ED396109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Community College Adult and Continuing Education in Iowa's Workforce Development Centers.
Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
The members of the Iowa Association of Adult and Continuing Education Deans and Directors believe that Iowa's community colleges are well positioned to provide the high quality, cost-effective, work force training required to prepare a skilled work force for Iowa for the 21st century. Iowa's community colleges are the logical providers of work force training programs through the work force development centers that are being established through the joint efforts of Iowa's Department of Employment Services and community colleges throughout the state. Advantages to using community colleges are as follows: their focus on career/job preparation and lifelong learning as fundamental missions; extensive, effective links with local business, industry, labor, and government constituents; provision of high-quality training/retraining at a reasonable cost; and continued emphasis on customer-focused, work force training partnerships with local business/industry constituents. The continuing education divisions of Iowa's community colleges are well poised to provide leadership in work force development through adult basic and workplace literacy education, adult vocational, and general interest/avocational noncredit courses. Iowa's community colleges also have the experience and resources required to help develop the comprehensive assessment and collaboration/coordination strategies that must become integral parts of the work force development center's total operational strategy. (Contains 34 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Educational Needs, Labor Force Development, Leadership, Position Papers, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges
Adult and Continuing Education, Southwestern Community College, 1501 W. Townline, Creston, IA 50801.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
Note: Prepared by the Iowa Association of Adult and Continuing Education Deans and Directors.