ERIC Number: ED253702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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Next Steps in Public-Private Partnerships. Occasional Paper No. 103.
Hemmings, Madeleine B.
A well-designed public-private partnership can be a powerful tool to solve pressing education, employment, and economic development problems. Eight steps in building partnerships are (1) review the community's context, (2) define a specific issue, (3) organize a local team, (4) determine whether a new vehicle is needed or an existing mechanism is acceptable, (5) analyze the issue, (6) identify options, (7) negotiate agreement, and (8) implement the plan and follow through. The Private Industry Council (PIC) was established with support that should enable these principles to work. National Alliance of Business studies show that in the initial action year more PICs formed strong partnerships than did not, and the partnerships are flourishing. Business-education partnerships are growing in popularity. Benefits include understanding of what lies behind an organization's point of view, constraints under which it operates, and its strengths and weaknesses; expansion of participating institutions' capacity to deal with challenges; and increased knowledge, access, time, and human and financial resources. Three features in the vocational education legislation now before Congress will better define the employer's role in vocational education: creation of a strengthened State advisory council, provision for information exchange, and creation of a program to fund training in high technology occupations. (Questions and answers are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Educational Cooperation, Educational Legislation, Employers, Federal Legislation, Industry, Institutional Cooperation, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Role of Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (OC103--$3.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.