ERIC Number: ED313067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Master Plan: Business and Industry Survey.
Armstrong, William B.; Rabinowitz, Mindy
In 1989, a survey was conducted by the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) to determine the future hiring and educational needs of the San Diego business and industrial community. The survey sample of 1,100 firms was derived from the list of businesses and industries that participate on the SDCCD Vocational Advisory Committee. Study findings, based on a 34% response rate, included the following: (1) 69.3% of the responding firms were classified as service sector businesses and another 20% were manufacturing industries; (2) about 90% had been in business over 10 years; (3) most of the respondents represented small firms with 50 or fewer employees or large firms with over 200 employees; (4) over the next 5- and 10-year periods, both small and large firms anticipated dramatic increases in staff size; (5) newspaper ads were the most popular method of employee recruitment, though job announcements and personal referrals were also utilized; (6) approximately one-third of the respondents indicated that they recruited from the SDCCD, but most did not use the SDCCD as a recruiting tool; (7) of the firms recruiting from the SDCCD, 73.3% felt that the training students received was adequate, more than adequate, or excellent; (8) approximately two-thirds believed that their entry-level employees had adequate skills in reading, writing, and math; and (9) SDCCD programs designed to prepare people for employment, employment changes, or career advancement, programs aimed at assisting people in obtaining or maintaining licenses and certificates, and programs for customized training were ranked as most important. The survey instrument and responses to open-ended questions are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: Business, Community Colleges, Demand Occupations, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Projections, Industrial Training, Job Skills, Needs Assessment, Occupational Surveys, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego)