ERIC Number: ED340903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Telecommunications Cooperative Training Program. A Cooperative Demonstration Project (High Technology). Final Performance Report.
Ben Hill-Irwin Technical Inst., Fitzgerald, GA.
Ben Hill-Irwin Technical Institute and the Georgia Interconnect Association designed and developed jointly a project to provide basic knowledge and practical application skills training. The curriculum included all necessary competencies for a student to graduate as a communications network technician. To compensate for the added expense of relocating to a cooperative workplace for practical experience training, students were paid a stipend and limited travel allowance. The program consisted of four quarters of academic training at the institution and two quarters of practical work experience with a participating telecommunications company. Implementation required student and employer recruitment, student placement, student evaluation, and record keeping. Thirty-two students were accepted into the program in four different groups; 26 completed 4 academic quarters and were awarded diplomas, and 22 were placed and completed at least 1 quarter of co-op. Fourteen companies employed co-op students. (Twelve supplements are attached to the 12-page report: the grant application with appendixes and technical review forms; telecommunications technology program guide; student application package; recruitment materials; employer information booklet; minutes of advisory committee meetings; quarterly reports to the Department of Education; summary of industry evaluation; summary of student evaluations; curriculum revision; third-party program evaluation; and project description.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Educational Cooperation, Experiential Learning, Information Technology, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, School Business Relationship, Technical Education, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Two Year Colleges, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ben Hill-Irwin Technical Inst., Fitzgerald, GA.