ERIC Number: ED339443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of the Community College in Economic and Workforce Development. ERIC Digest.
The community college's role in economic development has expanded beyond providing traditional vocational education and job training to include activities as diverse as management and technical assistance for new and small businesses, tech prep programs with high schools, cooperative education programs, partnerships with state agencies, and customized and contract job training for industries. In many states, programs have been implemented which utilize community colleges as the primary providers of job training and skill development. Currently, 437 cooperative education programs, combining classroom learning and practical, paid, on-the-job experience, are administered by community colleges in 47 states. In addition, small business development centers, offering education and training programs as well as counseling, information, and referral services, are operating at 114 colleges nationwide. Community colleges are also assuming key roles in statewide economic development plans in Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, and California. For example, California's Economic Development Network (ED>Net) involves the state's community colleges in centers for applied competitive technologies, centers for international trade development, total quality management and quality assurance training, and hazardous materials technician training. ED>Net also includes a database and electronic bulletin board to identify training programs around the state and allow colleges instant access to curricula information. Community colleges are playing a vital role in providing the critical training and retraining of the workforce that business and industry require as the U.S. economy becomes increasingly dependent upon technology. (JMC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.