ERIC Number: ED186649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
Articulating with Industry: The Role of Vocational Education in Economic Development.
Bushnell, David S.
The United States Department of Education and the American Vocational Association have undertaken a study to define the role of vocational training in job development. The literature and conversations with people involved in job development programs have shown that regional economic growth, including increases in employment, depends on five key elements--money, materials, markets, management, and manpower. Federal legislative actions concerning job creation emphasize job expansion in the private sector. Such measures as job training, tax incentives to employers who hire cooperative education students, and small business management courses have also been suggested. Three kinds of support various regions have used to aid economic development include attracting new industry, revitalizing existing industry, and expanding the economic base. These customized industrial services programs, conducted by a separate agency or a multiple agency design, are organized around the outreach efforts of vocational departments and are linked with business and community. The study just initiated intends to judge the success of state and local job creation and development programs. Suggested strategies for vocational educators to increase the demand for workers include the following: providing cooperative work experience, entering into partnerships with urban or rural renewal agencies to prepare people for jobs in small business or management, and collaborating in customized industrial programs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Business, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Economic Development, Educational Responsibility, Industry, Job Development, Labor Needs, Program Development, Regional Planning, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Role, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Univ., Washington, DC. School of Business Administration.
Note: Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (60th, San Francisco, CA, 1980).