ERIC Number: ED315129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The High Tech Centers for the Disabled.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
A statewide network of High Tech Centers for the Disabled (HTCD) was developed to increase disabled student retention in the California community colleges by providing student access to computer technology and training, as well as an array of training and technical support services for community college faculty. This report presents a brief history of the centers and reviews two outcomes studies that examined the characteristics of students served by the program and the satisfaction of community college faculty who received training through the HTCD program. In addition, the report contains a discussion of current and future services and programs. The first section discusses the development and rapid growth of the HTCDs, which were established at 51 community colleges throughout the state in 1986 and currently serve more than 5,000 students. The second section reviews study findings related to students' age, ethnicity, disability type, educational goals, gender, grade level first introduced to computers, and ease of computer use before and after HTCD training; and satisfaction of faculty with the program. The study findings indicated that more than 60% of the students were receiving their first exposure to computers; students across all ethnic, gender, and disability groups were making substantial gains in the ease and confidence with which they use microcomputers; and faculty reported dramatic gains in their confidence and ability to teach the disabled. The third section of the report discusses HTCD training for faculty, which includes inservice training, telephone support, site visits, regional meetings, and training books, guides, and manuals. The final section looks at issues the HTCD will face in the future including a transition of funding for campus-based HTCD faculty from the initial grant to local funding and a new, permanent location for the HTCD training center. Charts and graphs are appended. (WJT)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Community Colleges, Computer Science Education, Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Physical Mobility, Program Effectiveness, State Programs, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Teacher Response, Two Year Colleges, Visually Handicapped Mobility
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Location: California