ERIC Number: ED237773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
National Survey of Training Services to Business and Industry through Vocational Education.
Edwards, William A.; Schmutzler, Mark
This project was conducted to describe state programs of economic development concerned with state-provided training for industry and to share the results among the states. Surveys were sent to the 50 state directors of vocational education plus the directors in the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Of the surveys sent, all but 11 were returned. The results of the survey showed that all 43 respondents claim that they provide training services to business and industry; however, many states do not have specific economic development programs or funding to provide for training to the private sector. In most states with targeted funds for business and industry training, a cooperative, coordinated effort is being made to solve not only the training needs, but also to provide help in site selection, funding, and tax abatement. It would appear that 31 of the 43 respondents have specific programs whose personnel work closely with other state agencies in meeting the needs of business and industry. Most of the states have 0-4 full-time staff members involved in training. Most training efforts are for manufacturing and electronics/high technology industries, although a wide range of other companies are served. Most of the companies served are new or expanding. Vocational instructors, teaching supplies and equipment, training materials, training for company instructors, and development of audiovisual materials are provided by the states. Funding for the programs comes from a wide range of sources and is spent in greatly varying amounts by the states. (The individual survey forms returned by the states are included in this document so readers can locate programs, compare efforts among the states, and determine the names and addresses of persons who can provide more information on their state's programs). (KC)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Government Role, Industrial Training, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, State Action, State Agencies, State Aid, State Departments of Education, State Government, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education.