ERIC Number: ED363367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Learning That Works: The Provision of Workplace Education by Community Colleges.
Dilcher, Ann Katherine
In spring 1992, the Southport Institute for Policy Analysis conducted a study of the role that community colleges play as providers of workplace education (WPE) programs, i.e., programs established for, or in cooperation with, a private sector company to help employees obtain a General Equivalency Degree (GED) or upgrade their basic skills. A survey instrument was distributed to all 1,585 members of the American Association of Community Colleges, asking about college involvement in WPE, the number and types of companies served, skills taught, the frequency of WPE participants' concurrent or subsequent community college enrollment, ways in which companies usually became involved, WPE costs and revenues, staffing, and anticipated demand. Study findings, based on a 40% response rate, included the following: (1) 69% of the colleges provided WPE separate from Job Training Partnership Act activities; (2) colleges were just as likely to be working with small companies (less than 50 employees) as large companies (more than 500 employees); (3) 60% of the participating businesses were in manufacturing; (4) over 70% of the colleges taught mathematics, reading, and writing skills, 40% offered English as a Second Language and GED courses, over 60% taught problem-solving skills, and 74% provided interpersonal skills instruction; (5) nearly 60% of the colleges reported that employees enrolled in other college courses; (6) two-thirds of the colleges with WPE employed "work force specialists"; (7) colleges spent an average of $90,000 for their programs; (8) the most common funding source was full-time equivalency reimbursements; (9) over 90% of the colleges reported an interest in expanding their programs; and (10) the two largest barriers to program expansion were lack of funds and personnel. The survey instrument is included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Cooperative Programs, Corporate Education, Costs, Education Work Relationship, Financial Support, High School Equivalency Programs, Inplant Programs, Labor Force Development, Professional Continuing Education, School Business Relationship, School Personnel, Two Year Colleges, Workplace Literacy
AACC Publications, P.O. Box 1737, Salisbury, MD 21802 ($18.50; $14.50 for members).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southport Inst. for Policy Analysis, Inc., CT.; American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.