ERIC Number: ED110137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Innovative Approaches to Occupational Programs for the Rural Two-Year Colleges.
Gillie, Angelo C., Sr.
The rural community college must be vocational in orientation and provide its students with social, economic, and political facts related to their lives and employment now and in the future. It must offer equal opportunity to consider and select training for either rural or urban occupations. In order to offer this diversity, a college must have a minimum of 1,000 full-time students; this may necessitate an increase in geographical service area and the building of residence halls. Job flexibility for young adult students can be achieved by delaying their specialization until a job is secured. Once the employer specifies the skills required, it can be decided whether these are best learned at the college skills center or on-the-job. An entry-exit operation for vocational training would facilitate this flexibility for rural youth and adults. Many middle-aged persons would return to school for additional training or a complete career change were it not for economic hardship. Sabbatical-like funding should be provided to these students. Retirees and hobbyists should also be served by the college in building a second career or in maintaining mental health and physical activity. (MJK)
Descriptors: Career Change, Career Choice, Career Counseling, Job Skills, Middle Aged Adults, Occupational Mobility, Rural Economics, Rural Education, Rural Youth, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Not available separately; See JC 750 441
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Speech delivered at the Annual Workshop of the Southeastern Community College Leadership Program (16th, Tallahassee, Florida, March 12-14, 1975)