ERIC Number: ED345777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Employer Occupational Needs Assessment, Elko, Nevada, Spring, 1991. Final Report.
In spring 1991, a survey was conducted by Northern Nevada Community College (NNCC) to determine the vocational education needs of local employers. Ninety-one employers were interviewed at their worksites using a modified open-ended question approach. Survey findings included the following: (1) employers most frequently used newspapers to obtain information about the college; (2) 68% of the employers had employees who had attended NNCC; (3) employers most frequently recommended that seminars, workshops, and short courses focus on computer education, while areas not currently well covered by NNCC offerings, but of interest to employers, included personnel administration, marketing/advertising, and office management; (4) 48% of the employers wanted more evening, weekend, and one-day seminars and more flexible scheduling; (5) although a number of different new certificate/associate degree programs were suggested by the employers, no one program was suggested by more than three respondents; (6) 75% of the employers expressed an interest in learning more about cooperative education; (7) 24% of the employers reported having limited English-speaking employees, and all but one of these wanted more information about NNCC's English as a Second Language classes; (8) 19% of the employers reported having employees whose limited literacy skills reduced their job productivity, and all but one of these wanted to learn more about NNCC's adult literacy classes; and (9) reading/writing skill was the most frequently cited desired quality in occupational education students (18.2%), while technical skill was cited by only 8.9% of the employers. A list of companies, agencies, and professionals interviewed is attached. (JSP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City. Occupational Education Branch.
Authoring Institution: Northern Nevada Community Coll., Elko.
Note: Project funded in part by a Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act Grant.