ERIC Number: ED258670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-18
Partners: Reaching Out.
Community education should help foment actions for extensive interagency cooperation. The major obstacles to such working partnerships are tradition, turf, lack of trust, lack of time, and the attitude that it's too much trouble. This type of thinking must be discarded if cooperative ventures are to flourish. A high level of interest exists in cooperation and building partnerships, yet there is a low level of actual participatory dealings. Cooperative endeavors, such as those undertaken in Montana, at Clackamas Community College in Oregon, and at Northeastern Junior College in Colorado demonstrate that ideal cooperative relations between various agencies, businesses, institutions, and schools involve a number of elements. It is imperative that the school district and college find the change agents in each community and get them involved. A total commitment to develop and maintain linkages by all people involved is required, as well as a high level of mutual respect and trust. Additional elements include needs assessment and evaluation; community involvement in planning; a people-oriented staff; cooperative funding; sharing of space, facilities, and resources; and finding methods of dealing with conflict. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Montana Adult Education Association and Montana Association of Community Education (2nd, Lewistown, MT, October 18, 1984).