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ERIC Number: ED034535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 13
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The Community College and the Office of Education's Goals.
Allen, James E., Jr.
Despite problems of growth, the newness of junior colleges permits activities that might otherwise be stifled by tradition. It fits the trend toward making education relevant to individual community needs. It can make improvement of education a continuing process by doing research on how to facilitate learning and applying it to teacher training and curriculum. Linked to an area's economic life, the college can use the creativity of business and industry. It can coordinate community action programs with its own remedial and work-study programs, as in making a neighborhood reading clinic part of its literacy project or combining teacher training with day-care centers. Accommodating, as it does, adult education, vocational training, and academic preparation, it has many chances for innovation. Connecting the public school system, higher education, industry, and private fund sources, it is a natural spot for fiscal experiments. New laws aim to let the college coordinate and support diverse agencies, not overlap or compete with them. They will provide grants to individual schools for career education programs. The open door is a primary service to the poor, giving immediate job training with a chance for later transfer to professional work. The federal plans will encourage coordination with government manpower programs, with feeder high schools, and with 4-year schools. Full use of the junior college can reduce the artificial separation of the academic, economic, and social worlds. (HH)
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Note: Speech given at the annual meeting of the National Council of State Directors of Community-Junior Colleges (Williamsburg, Virginia, November 10, 1969)