ERIC Number: ED305429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Educating the American Workforce.
Theriot, Rosemary; Williams, Palisa D.
From February through March 1987, a questionnaire entitled "A Survey of Business and Industrial Personnel Educational Needs" was administered to factory workers. Data were collected from 475 blue-collar employees at four leading manufacturing plants in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Survey results indicated that nontraditional students may not be completely aware of the support services and basic procedures and requirements of most colleges and universities. Some students indicated that they would need some type of educational assistance in mathematics, English, writing, and reading. Findings were used as a tool in developing a proposed Industrial Education Degree Program that unites the technological demands of the labor force with the educational needs of blue-collar employees as nontraditional students. The model educational program is intended for use by industry and higher educational institutions as a guideline in revising the general education core of a four-year degree program. The proposed degree has three purposes: it could provide the opportunity for four-year institutions to join forces with business and industry to help combat educational deficiencies of employees in the current work force; it may provide a new pool of students for certain institutions in higher education; and it could meet the educational needs of blue-collar employees. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bachelors Degrees, Blue Collar Occupations, Demonstration Programs, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Industrial Education, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Students, Retraining, School Business Relationship, Skill Obsolescence
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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