ERIC Number: ED205246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-13
Community College Relations with Industry.
Hatley, William D.
Not only is industry seeking a closer relationship with the community college, but employees themselves are becoming more interested in making career advances or mid-career changes. The Metropolitan Community Colleges of Kansas City, Missouri, have become aware of these changing educational needs through the realization that 2% of the students enrolled in Fall 1980 had previously earned a baccalaureate degree or higher, and through a marketing study. This study revealed, among other findings, that: (1) most area firms employed fewer than 10 persons; (2) the colleges had provided instruction and services to 372 different firms from 1975 through 1978; and (3) programs in management training, office skills, and personal development were the most popular. As a result of this study, several new programs were developed in the district, including "Brown Bag" courses conducted during the lunch hour; a non-traditional associate of arts program for adult, part-time students; a re-entry, counseling, and orientation program for new adult students; and a contractual arrangement to provide instruction at a local retirement community. Of special significance is the fact that the development of these non-traditional programs was mandated in a lifelong education policy statement issued by the District's Board of Trustees, who used their policy-making authority to insure that the colleges had the flexibility and ability to support the unique services that incoming adult students need and deserve. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the 1981 Central Region Seminar of the Association of Community College Trustees, "Community Colleges--Lifeboats for the Future" (Osage Beach, MO, April 12-13, 1981).