ERIC Number: ED360497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Preparing Technical Workers for the New Industrial Era: The Need for a Fundamental Shift in Federal Policy toward Technical Education. Position Paper.
National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing, Washington, DC.
The United States will not be competitive in the global economy of the 21st century without a technically trained work force. Community colleges and secondary schools offering technical programs are becoming increasingly important to local businesses as companies rely on a combination of schools and on-the-job training to help their employees develop needed qualifying skills. The benefits of technical education have been proved in studies confirming the high performance rates of technical education students and the high wages of vocational-technical school graduates versus those of their nontechnical education counterparts. Bias against vocational training in public schools still persists, however. Promising innovations, including advanced learning technologies, partnerships with industry, and youth apprenticeship programs, are helping to strengthen technical education in the schools. Technical education for a highly skilled work force currently represents only a small fraction of the total higher education budget. The time has come for a fundamental federal policy shift that includes the following: changing priorities to emphasize human resources development, strengthening partnerships with industry, fostering continuous quality improvements in technical education, easing the school-to-work transition, strengthening both first- and second-chance programs for disadvantaged persons, and recognizing achievement and bolstering student organizations. (Contains 60 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Government School Relationship, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Public Policy, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing, Washington, DC.