ERIC Number: ED199445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Short Term Skill Training. Alternative Approaches. Information Series No. 222.
Short term skill training programs are those programs, usually one year or less, designed to train, retrain, or upgrade the skills of workers. Such programs provide an opportunity for postsecondary vocational institutions to respond to the human resource needs of their communities. A number of important policy issues are involved in the provision of short term training by postsecondary vocational institutions. These programs almost dictate the need for flexibility in course offerings and curriculum design. Mechanisms for acquiring funding, ensuring quality control, maintaining accreditation, and awarding earned credit are all affected by the development and implementation of short term skill training programs. In addition, federal initiatives, such as the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TRA) program may require a different approach and involve a different clientele from those traditionally found in vocational institutions. Nevertheless, short term skill training programs represent a viable means for vocational educators to become involved in regional, statewide, or local economic development efforts. Economic development efforts by vocational educators have been underway in a number of states, though Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin are highlighted. In addition, the point is made that business and industry are willing to establish programs in cooperation with vocational institutions if those institutions are willing to tailor their programs to specific human resource needs. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Problems, Education Work Relationship, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 ($2.35).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act