ERIC Number: ED201357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May-5
Technical Education as a Catalyst for the Local Economy: Retraining the Unemployed and Increasing Productivity through Intermural Planning.
Groff, Warren H.
This report examines two models used by North Central Technical College (NCTC) in Ohio to respond to technological and social changes affecting the training requirements of its service area. As a means of illustrating a post-factum, rehabilitative response to such change, Part I of the report describes the development and outcomes of NCTC's Project Care, an interagency effort involving area colleges, unions, industry, and state agencies in the retraining of 500 tire builders who were laid off in August 1978 when the Mansfield Tire and Rubber Company closed. To illustrate a preventive intervention model, Part II describes NCTC's comprehensive institutional planning process in which internal and external planning assumptions are defined and strategies to meet the needs of area residents are developed on the basis of these assumptions. Several examples are provided of NCTC's proactive responses to local industry needs. Part III proposes that colleges and industry work together in an ongoing Trend and Environmental Impact Analysis Program (TEIAP) which would diagnose national, state, and regional socioeconomic trends and specify institutional responses to these trends. This section also examines the currently operating futures studies programs upon which TEIAP is based. In conclusion, the report underscores the importance of a preventative approach to educational planning, and presents periodic systematic retraining of workers as an economic necessity and an educational challenge. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Ohio Board of Regents Two-Year Campus Spring Leadership Conference (May 5, 1981).