ERIC Number: ED287979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
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Corporations and Colleges: Developing New Potential and New Purpose.
Ironside, Ellen M.; And Others
The partnership of IBM, located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and Meredith College, a small women's college, resulted in the Secretarial Transition Training Program. Hiring constraints had created critical shortages in the secretarial skill field. Additional impetus for the development of a transition training program was provided by IBM's full employment practices. When IBM identified surplus manufacturing and materials distribution employees, the corporation made these employees available for placement into other jobs, including entry-level secretarial positions. Two instructors from Meredith College were responsible for the major portion of the curriculum of the program, which was conducted on IBM premises for a period of 10 months. IBM internal business education instructors handled the presentations on IBM systems. The 25 employees who were selected were placed in the program full time and relieved of their previous work assignments. For the first three months students attended classes six hours per day. From the fourth month, program participants spent one week of each month in an internship assignment working with experienced secretaries. Meredith College provided a learning environment that would ease the transition from assembly line to professional office. Its flexibility and sensitivity to adult students also allowed the college to be responsive to the need for changes in the program. (Some program materials are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Washington, DC, October 19-24, 1987).