ERIC Number: ED358878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Workforce Training Imperative: Meeting the Training Needs of the Nation. A Policy Paper on the Role of Community Colleges in Providing Workforce Training. Working Draft.
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Drawing from national studies calling for expanded and improved workforce training to keep the nation competitive in the global economy, this report reviews research on workforce training and argues for a concerted national effort to define and support a coordinated program of workforce training. First, the paper defines workforce training as those activities designed to improve the competence and skills of current or new employees and reviews the basic arguments for expanded workforce training. Next, the principal economic and educational imperatives of improved workforce training are reviewed and the role of formal and informal education systems in workforce training is discussed. The paper then describes the need to redesign the system of training and examines the central role of community colleges in this process, highlighting the existing infrastructure for delivering high-quality training at a reasonable cost. Finally, the paper discusses public-private partnerships and provides specific recommendations for community colleges, business and industry, and government in implementing a national workforce training system. Recommendations include the following: (1) community college leaders should develop organizational structures that bring workforce training from the margin into the mainstream of their institutions; (2) business and industry leaders should explicitly acknowledge that workforce training is an unavoidable cost of doing business and being competitive; and (3) the federal government should identify the expansion and improvement of workforce training as the core of a national economic strategy. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Government Role, Institutional Mission, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Role of Education, School Business Relationship, Training Objectives, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.