ERIC Number: ED265909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Community Colleges and Industry: Rationale for a Relationship.
The community college has a distinct role in working cooperatively with the business community. Changes in the labor market and labor force and structural changes in the economy on both a domestic and international level are underscoring the important role community colleges can play in meeting the needs of industry for training and education. From the industrial point of view, however, the educational community cannot be counted on to deliver the desired product on time. Hampered by self-imposed restrictions, lack of a willing and technically prepared faculty, and legal and contractual barriers, community colleges have been slow to respond to business and industry's needs. Community colleges can gain a number of distinct benefits from working cooperatively with business and industry. Cooperative relations with business provides the community colleges with additional lobbying power, additional students, and a competitive position with respect to the growing number of proprietary schools. Industry also enjoys certain gains, including training at a realistic cost, better-qualified entry-level personnel, and tax advantages. Finally, the community at large receives its share of benefits as residents become more employable, industries remain in the community, and new industries are attracted. (EJV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Current Issues for the Community College: Essays by Fellows in the Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University (JC 860 072).