ERIC Number: ED223180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
University and College Associated Skill Centers. Higher Education/CETA Project Monograph.
Brown, Stephen M.
The structure and function of college- and university-affiliated skill centers are discussed as part of the American Council on Education's Higher Education/Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) project, which was supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. A skill center is defined as a single organizational unit that provides training in multiple occupational areas. Skill centers, which provide trained persons for the private sector and also serve populations traditionally denied access to jobs, offer training in such varied occupations as office occupations, auto mechanics, food preparation, and electronic assembly. Centers offer a number of training programs in line with local employment needs, especially in new, rapidly changing, or expanding occupations such as word processing, data processing, and cable T.V. installation. Training cycles range from 6 to 52 weeks. Some training programs are company specific and the curricula stress hands-on training. Allied instruction and services are an integral part of the curriculum at many skill centers, and instruction in mathematics, reading, and writing is frequently offered. In addition, students are offered services that enhance their ability to obtain and remain in a job. Since most skill centers are funded wholly or in large part by CETA, the students must meet CETA eligibility criteria. The organizational structures of college-associated skill centers and advantages of locating skill centers in colleges are discussed. Three case studies are presented that demonstrate varied organizational structures for college skill centers, the range and types of programs and services, the types of participants served, and the geographic mix of institutions. (SW)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Role, Education Work Relationship, Educationally Disadvantaged, Eligibility, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Industry, Job Placement, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Low Income Groups, Nontraditional Students, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Skill Centers, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Higher Education/CETA Project, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act