ERIC Number: ED223181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Private Industry Councils and Higher Education: Opportunities for Success. Higher Education/CETA Project Monograph.
Keller, Patti J.; Reinmuth, Charles M.
Barriers to employment faced by economically disadvantaged persons and programs, and services that have successfully dealt with some of the problems are described, based on 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. Title VII of the CETA legislation created the Private Sector Initiative Program (PSIP) to involve business and industry in the design, implementation, and assessment of CETA-funded training programs and services. The major program objective is to secure unsubsidized employment for disadvantaged workers. The program mandates the establishment of private industry councils (PICs), which evaluate local labor markets and training and job placement programs. There are indications that PICs are turning to higher education, especially community colleges, for training programs. Four-year colleges and universities are also involved in conducting research needed by local PICs, and often provide an array of occupational training programs and services. Based on case studies, interviews with employers, and interviews with current and previous CETA participants, needs of CETA participants and barriers to successful training, employment, and job retention are identified. It is suggested that in pre-employment training key learning activities should be integrated throughout all activities. Barriers include the following: low self-esteem, lack of acceptable work attitudes and behaviors, below-minimal levels in basic academic skills, and inadequate job search skills. Recommendations to PICs and to higher education are offered, and five case studies that outline education's involvement are presented. (SW)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Case Studies, College Role, Cooperative Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Industry, Job Training, Low Income Groups, Participant Characteristics, Private Agencies, School Business Relationship, Trainees, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes
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