ERIC Number: ED289528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
The Development Triangle: Community College Assistance for Economic Growth. Education-Economic Development Series, 6.
Designed for public policy makers and their counterparts in business and education, this monograph focuses on the role of community colleges in the economic development process. This study shows two-year community, junior, and technical colleges can play a greater active role in this process than ever before. Section 1 argues that economic development requires the time, resources, and efforts of private-sector businesses and financiers, public and private economic development agencies and groups, and colleges and professional associations. This section also looks at the economic development capabilities of two-year colleges. After recommending that community colleges be made early and active partners in the strategic planning process, section 2 considers the community college's role in developing, marketing, and implementing an economic development plan. Section 3 offers examples of two-year colleges providing "one-stop assistance" for business through, for example, entrepreneurship and technical training, business assistance centers, small business centers, other small business help, foreign trade, and contract procurement. Section 4 briefly describes ways in which two-year colleges can help business and industry to incorporate new technologies into their operations through training, applied research, education, and demonstrations. Section 5 discusses the role of two-year colleges in occupational skills training, pointing to North and South Carolina's examples of statewide industrial training efforts; innovative funding approaches used in other states; and the role of the Job Training Partnership Act. Sections 2 through 5 conclude with recommendations for development agencies, college administrators, and business leaders. Finally, section 6 outlines the benefits for all participants in the economic development process. (UCM)
Descriptors: Business Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Job Training, Labor Force Development, School Business Relationship, Small Businesses, Trade and Industrial Education, Two Year Colleges
Northeast-Midwest Institute, The Center for Regional Policy, 218 D Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003 ($8.00, plus $2.00 postage per order).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Community
Sponsor: American Can Co. Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: Northeast-Midwest Inst., Washington, DC. Center for Regional Policy.