ERIC Number: ED339434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Involvement in Contract Training and Other Economic Development Activities.
Lynch, Robert; And Others
In 1989-90, a national survey was conducted to assess the scope and nature of contract training and other economic development activities at community colleges and technical institutes. The survey was sent to a random sample of 246 community colleges, requesting information on the colleges' workforce and economic development activities in 1988-89. Major findings, based on a 72% response rate, included the following: (1) the majority (94%) of the public community colleges in the sample offered at least one course on a contract basis to public or private employers; (2) most colleges had relatively modest contract education programs, with the number of courses offered at the median college only 50, the median number of students enrolled 919, and the median number of employer clients served 24; (3) frequently offered contract courses dealt with job-specific skills, basic reading, writing, and math skills, and "other" miscellaneous courses; (4) on average, private firms comprised approximately 70% of the employer clients served by community college contract education programs; (5) on average, 61% of job-specific courses offered were developed jointly by colleges and their clients; (6) employers themselves provided the largest share of revenues needed to support contract education, followed by subsidies from state and local governments; and (7) approximately 80% of the public community, technical, and junior colleges received funds through the Vocational Education Act; approximately 50% received Job Training Partnership Act funds; and approximately 50% received funds from other state, local, and federal agencies that support business assistance programs or vocational training. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Contract Training, Cooperative Programs, Economic Development, Financial Support, Job Training, Labor Force Development, National Surveys, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Tables (Data), Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
National Center for Research in Vocational Education Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University, 46 Horrabin Hall, Macomb, IL 61455 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.