ERIC Number: ED315112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Report Concerning the Activities Involved in the Development of a Rural Regional Skill Center Reported to the Grantor Partnership Development Fund of the Sears-Roebuck Foundation.
Powell, Roger B.; Kelly, Michael G.
The Regional Skills Program at Big Bend Community College (BBCC) was developed to offer vocational skills training to high school students within BBCC's 5,000 square miles district. The objectives of the program were to identify training needs and priorities, determine the availability of transportation to BBCC, survey college and district facilities, create a standard contract to be used with the school districts involved, evaluate the current program, and establish an implementation plan. Project outcomes included the following: (1) a survey of local high schools regarding their educational priorities revealed a need for training in allied health occupations, agribusiness, greenhouse propagation, business, home economics, and industrial-technical occupations; (2) survey findings, labor market information, and feedback from school personnel underscored the need for a review process for current and future vocational education programs; an updated, competency-based vocational curriculum; and articulation between BBCC's and high schools' vocational programs; (3) the large size of the BBCC district necessitated consideration of such options as satellite programs, mobile classrooms, and itinerant teachers for rural areas; (4) discussions with school district superintendents resulted in agreement on a standardized document allowing BBCC to separately contract with each school district; (5) interviews with administrators, teachers, students, and parents suggested that the Regional Skills Program had increased student interest, improved the retention of at-risk students, added variety to high school programs, and increased 1989-90 enrollments in the BBCC's high school automotive, cosmetology, and welding classes by 53% from the previous year; and (6) a five-year timeline for program implementation was developed. Appendixes include the high school survey instrument, a map of BBCC's service area, and the sample BBCC-high school contract. (WJT)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, High School Students, High Schools, Needs Assessment, Performance Contracts, Program Development, Regional Programs, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Trade and Industrial Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Sears-Roebuck Foundation, Skokie, IL.
Authoring Institution: Big Bend Community Coll., Moses Lake, WA.