ERIC Number: ED308890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
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Naval Shipyard Apprentice Program & Community-Technical College Linkages: A Model for Success.
Cantor, Jeffrey A.
Each of the eight shipyards operated by the U.S. Navy administers a formal 4-year apprentice trades training program. The apprentice programs combine daily on-the-job training with classroom instruction in technical subjects related to work requirements, including shop math, chemistry, physics, and mechanical drafting. The programs are designed to ensure a supply of trained, skilled, and knowledgeable workers for shipyard operations, increase worker productivity, lessen the need for active supervision of employees, and control overall training within the craft. Several years ago, a project was initiated to involve local community colleges and technical institutes in providing classroom instruction for the apprenticeship programs. Specific goals of the project were to: (1) ascertain the needs of the shipyards for technical instruction which could be provided by the colleges; (2) provide the shipyards' instructional personnel with the skills and knowledge needed to negotiate agreements with the colleges; (3) prepare the documentation necessary to effect the inter-organizational linkages; and (4) develop a system for monitoring the effectiveness of the college-based training programs. A consultant was hired to foster linkages between the shipyards and the colleges. The consultant investigated the problems and experiences of the shipyard staff with area colleges and surveyed the local colleges about existing relevant programs and their interest in cooperation. In spite of special administrative and jurisdictional problems that had to be resolved in each locale, the program serves as a model for partnerships between colleges and industry. (JMC)
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