ERIC Number: ED245124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-5
Reference Count: 0
Education for Jobs in a High Tech World: What Has Been Learned from Industry.
Long, James P.
Educators are increasingly turning to employers for advice about educating for future jobs. A recent project involved conducting a series of seven national conferences on high technology to learn about innovations in industry. Experts from industry told educators that industry itself does a great deal of high technology training, computers are the core of high technology, not everyone needs to know programming, programming jobs will increase, few pharmaceutical/biomedical technicians will be needed, robotics has come of age, computer-assisted design is revolutionizing drafting, semiconductors are still "hot," proprietary schools do a better job of educating, communications are growing and changing rapidly, the aerospace industry and the military are setting trends and creating innovations, and software is in a predicament. A panel of the National Academy of Sciences reported on the employer's view of competencies needed by the high school graduate for success in the workplace. The panel found that (l) the major asset required of high school graduates is the ability to learn and adapt to change in the workplace, (2) there are 10 core competencies that can provide the basic understanding and skills needed to perform entry-level jobs, and (3) a positive attitude and sound work habits are of prime importance. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Opening address at the Virginia Statewide Vocational Guidance and Counseling Conference (Roanoke, VA, August 5, 1984).