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ERIC Number: ED125684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Organized Labor and Community Colleges. Report of the AACJC-UAW-AFL-CIO Assembly, December 8-10, 1975, Washington, D.C.
Gray, Lois S.; And Others
Traditionally left out of the mainstream of higher education, blue collar workers and low paid white collar workers are beginning to enroll in college. Among the factors contributing to the drive for college education for workers are: (1) a shift in the composition of the work force; (2) increasing skill requirements in many occupations; (3) rising income levels of unionized workers; (4) new constituencies of union membership; (5) new and increased demands on union leaders. The needs and goals of blue collar and low paid white collar workers are significantly different from the needs of the middle class youths and adults who constitute the usual college student body. They are apt to have less self-confidence as learners than other adults, and tend to opt for courses directly related to their everyday life and work. Community and junior colleges are natural allies for this new and emerging challenge in higher education. Their tradition of community service and close links to the working world equip them to job-related instruction, and give them a head start in meeting the educational needs of working people. This document outlines some of the labor-based programs currently available in the community colleges, and charts the course for the future. (Author/NHM)
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.