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ERIC Number: ED246972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Vocational-Technical Education in the Community Colleges: A Promising Future.
Long, James P.
Based on testimony delivered at a 1983 American Vocational Association (AVA) hearing on "Vocational Technical Education in the Community College," this draft AVA position paper examines the current status and future of the community college's role in the delivery of vocational education. First, information is presented on the hearing and its objectives, together with a list of presenters, and the development of the position paper is described. The next section begins with statistics on vocational education nationwide and the community college's prominence at the postsecondary level and then summarizes hearing presenters' views on the current state of vocational education. Highlights are the community colleges' responsiveness to quick-start training requests from state departments of commerce; worker retraining and technical assistance to business and industry as major vocational education functions; changes in career counseling; and a sound funding base for vocational education. The next section summarizes the presenters' perceptions of the future, noting the need to equip people to adapt to a variety of jobs; the continuing demand for engineers and engineering technicians; the likelihood of close national scrutiny; and employer demand for advanced level skills from two-year college graduates. Finally, a compilation of the changes suggested by the presenters is provided, including the need to decrease student waiting lists, eliminate governance problems, upgrade technical faculty, and increase company-specific training. (LAL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: Paper developed for the American Vocational Association Board of Directors.