ERIC Number: ED259207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Education for High-Technology Jobs. Overview. ERIC Digest No. 37.
Hassan, Salah Salem
Major technological changes are occurring primarily in three fields: telecommunications, computer applications, and advanced manufacturing technology. High technology is having a great impact on every aspect of the labor market. Most new jobs will not be in the high technology field, however, and the newly created occupations will not require a substantial increase in job skills. According to some experts, that is because high technology is based on a reduction in the skilled labor force. Others argue that some businesses and industries have failed to gain a competitive edge through adoption and adaptation of new technology. Consequently, they are becoming obsolete. Vocational education has a vital role in collaborating with business and industry in high technology training and retraining to upgrade workers with the emerging new occupational skills and to maintain a competitive edge. Vocational education is facing the challenge of producing workers who can manage, operate, manufacture, test, design, program, install, maintain, and repair high technology products and processes. Educators should consider five phases in the construction of successful high technology programs: long-range planning, program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation and refinement. (YLB)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Planning, Employment Projections, Industry, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Manufacturing, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Role of Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.