ERIC Number: ED261721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-29
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Customized Contract Training in Community Colleges: Who Really Benefits? Draft.
Pincus, Fred L.
Customized Contract Training (CCT), which involves contracting to design short term, non-credit courses and workshops to meet the training needs of specific employers, is the new buzz-word at community colleges. Though many assume this type of school-business partnership benefits everyone, the potential negative effects on community colleges as educational institutions are rarely examined. Growth trends within the last 20 years have altered the priorities of community colleges toward vocational programs, discounting the need of employees for broad liberal arts backgrounds that has been validated by research studies. The growth of CCT creates a potential drain on weakened liberal arts resources. While community college leaders support CCT as serving all sectors of the community, clearly, profit-making corporations have the most to gain in terms of reduced costs for training employees. Community colleges gain increased revenue and state of the art technology, but face profound disruptions in their curriculum and a potential loss of educational autonomy. These losses are not worth the gains. Given the conflicting interests of companies, colleges, workers, and students, CCT cannot be expected to benefit everyone equally. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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