ERIC Number: ED237124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
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Merging the Liberal Arts with Work Experiences. CSCC Bulletin; Issue 9, l983
Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
One way of revitalizing the liberal arts in community colleges could be through the development of a career program in liberal arts for students planning to enter the work force as entry-level employees in positions that do not require specific vocational skills. The skills required for entry into many careers are those that are also the goals of a liberal arts education: the ability to communicate orally and in writing; the ability to think critically and to make reasonable decisions; a knowledge of the environment, contemporary culture, and social heritage; and the ability to get along well with supervisors and co-workers. The businesses for which these skills and abilities are important include travel agencies, real estate and insurance offices, banks, retail stores, and innumerable state and local governmental agencies. As many of the courses and instructional materials that would be necessary for a Work Experience Liberal Arts Program (WELAP) are already in existence, the development of the program would involve structuring the proper number of general education interdisciplinary courses, adding a cooperative work experience job placement component, and forming an advisory board to mentor the program and integrate career and academic experiences. Examples of existing programs possessing some of the features of the WELAP model are provided. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.