ERIC Number: ED214577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-26
Reference Count: 0
Putting America Back to Work: A Concept Paper.
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Community Coll. Trustees, Annandale, VA.
The United States requires a coordinated, national approach to human resource development that will result in the establishment of priorities, detailed planning, and the full use of public and private resources backed by adequate state and federal funding. Problems of unemployment, underemployment, skilled worker shortages, national defense needs for well trained armed forces, the fragmentation of government training programs, and conflicting program requirements all underscore the compelling need for a national policy framework for employment development and training. While America's community colleges can and do provide educational upgrading programs, prepare skilled workers, assist local industries, and provide expertise in state and local planning, these institutions must be better utilized in solving the problems of employment development and training. This can be accomplished through occupationally specific training, focus on skill shortage areas, programs promoting entrepreneurship, collaboration with local businesses and labor unions, and productivity studies and local work force planning efforts. However, national leadership and a policy framework are required if these programs are to be implemented. Existing legislation must be reviewed and new legislation initiated to promote school industry cooperation, increase state-level determination of resource allocations, promote preparation for jobs with regional priority, and unify federal job training programs. (KL)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Opportunities, Entrepreneurship, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Industrial Training, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Labor Utilization, Public Policy, Two Year Colleges, Underemployment, Unemployment, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Community Coll. Trustees, Annandale, VA.