ERIC Number: ED274395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-18
Reference Count: 0
Community College Leadership in Developing World Trade Opportunities for Local Business and Industry.
Lindeman, Lynn W.; Schwartz, Martin F.
A community college can benefit its students, community, and nation by helping local businesses develop their world trade potential. Most community colleges have the expertise, resources, and capability to help local businesses benefit from these export opportunities. Rockland Community College (RCC) in New York, for example, has designed and implemented a number of programs to serve the special needs of its community, including training in management, accounting, marketing, travel and tourism, office technology, data processing, retailing, and advertising. These programs have been offered as pre-career programs, on-the-job supplementary training, customized training for local businesses, and cooperative efforts. Regular contacts with local groups such as the Private Industry Council and Industrial Developmental Association have suggested many programs for the college curriculum, including a program of study in international business; and resulted in the establishment of a non-profit membership organization to promote international trade and provide assistance to firms dealing with international trade. RCC trustees, administrators, and faculty have played vital roles in providing leadership to local businesses to help develop their export potential. Trustees participate by clarifying the institution's mission, moving the college toward greater community responsiveness, ensuring adequate funding, and communicating with the community. Faculty and administrators can participate by serving international students, giving the curriculum a global perspective, offering foreign languages and making them relevant, sponsoring co-curricular activities and faculty exchanges, promoting study abroad, and providing public forums on international topics. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the National Council for Occupational Education and the Association of Community College Trustees (San Diego, CA, October 15-19, 1986).