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ERIC Number: ED085070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Need for Computer Operators, Dietetic Technicians, Cable TV Technicians and for a Crime Laboratory for Northwest Police Academy.
Lucas, John A.; And Others
Surveys were conducted of community needs for three types of technicians--computer operators, diet technicians, cable TV technicians--and for a regional crime lab to serve the Chicago northwestern suburban police. The purpose of the surveys was to determine whether community needs would justify inclusion of training programs for such technicians at William Rainey Harper College. To determine the feasibility of developing a program for computer operators, 188 large firms with computer centers were surveyed. About 23 firms could provide part-time, salaried computer operator experience for 46 students; five other firms could offer experience but no salary. Next year the total market need should be 91, 18 replacements and 73 new operators. Complete survey results, comments on the proposed curriculum, and a list of companies offering work experience are provided. To assess the need for diet technicians, employment and training information was obtained from 20 hospitals. It is estimated that the need could justify 10-20 students per year, half of whom might be dietitian department employees seeking upgrading. To estimate the demand for graduates of a cable TV technician program and to estimate the number of present employees who enroll in it, 79 cable TV companies were surveyed. Results could allow an enrollment of 93 students during the first year, but an enrollment of 30-40 is recommended. Nineteen police departments responded to a survey of the need for a crime lab. Over half were interested in exploring the feasibility of submitting a grant for such a project and felt that the project could be operated on a cooperative regional basis. (KM)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Cable Television, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Computer Science Education, Criminology, Curriculum Development, Dietetics, Feasibility Studies, Institutional Research, Labor Needs, Program Development, Regional Laboratories, Student Employment, Technical Education, Technical Occupations, Work Experience Programs
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Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL.