ERIC Number: ED255277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-18
Reference Count: 0
A Creative Partnership for the Community College and Business and Industry in Occupational Upgrading and Retraining.
Major issues involved in developing a partnership between community colleges and business and industry for occupational upgrading and retraining are discussed in this paper. After introductory comments highlight the importance of economic renewal for America in the coming decades and the role of retraining and upgrading of the work force in that process, the rise of education and training efforts by business, industry, and sectors other than collegiate institutions is considered. The current educational role of corporations and the fact that 72% of the 64 million participants in postsecondary education are learning through non-school organizations are stressed. The following section outlines factors influencing collaboration between colleges and business and industry, including the increased skill requirements that have resulted from technological change. Next, the potential role of the community college in responding to business/industry needs is emphasized in the areas of: (1) remedial and pre-entry level training; (2) entry-level training; (3) critical skill training; (4) skill upgrading and retraining; and (5) displaced worker training. Then, ways of strengthening the relationship between community colleges and business/industry are presented, focusing on the accessibility, cost effectiveness, and quality of community college programs and the benefits of improved cooperation. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 17-20, 1985).