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ERIC Number: ED306982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Corporation-Community College Partnerships: High Technology Apprentice Training.
Conklin, David
Over the last six years, corporation-community college partnerships have played an increasingly important role in educational and industrial growth. The automotive industry has been at the forefront of this trend and has recognized the contributions that community colleges can make in meeting the educational needs of industry. One example is the Chrysler Dealer Apprenticeship Program (CAP). The program was initiated to act as a "feeder system" to supply high qualified entry-level technicians to Chrysler dealerships on a national basis. CAP involves a combination of education and work experience, with the student alternately spending two months attending college and two months working at a dealership. At the end of two years, the student receives an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology and is guaranteed a job with the dealer where the apprenticeship has been served. Colleges interested in establishing a similar program should consider the following problems and needs: (1) general education requirements for associate degrees should be upheld in the program; (2) while students will take all of their automotive technology classes together, they should be encouraged to mix with other students in general education courses; (3) although the corporation provides equipment and faculty training, the need for a special facility dedicated to the project and relatively low class sizes means that the program will be expensive for the college; (4) to protect the corporation's investment, the community college must ensure that its teaching methods are appropriate, that its faculty remains up to date with new technological developments, and that its graduates are knowledgeable and competent; (5) the dealer must be able to interview and select apprenticeship candidates, though the college must ensure that affirmative action practices are followed; and (6) as the program requires a full-time commitment, employed, part-time students would be eliminated from consideration. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A