ERIC Number: ED367425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Community College Workforce Training Programs: Expanding the Mission To Meet Critical Needs.
Beckman, Brenda Marshall; Doucette, Don
Leadership Abstracts, v6 n2 Feb 1993
In fall 1992, the League for Innovation in the Community College conducted a survey of 1,042 community colleges to determine the extent and nature of their involvement in workforce training programs, the types of companies served, funding mechanisms, and perceived obstacles to providing effective training. Study findings, based on a 73.2% response rate, included the following: (1) of the 96% of respondents who indicated that they provided workforce training, almost all customized programs to meet the needs of local employers; (2) the majority of the workforce training programs operated on a modest scale; (3) the companies served were most likely to be small or medium-sized, with less than 500 employees; (4) 39.2% of the participating employers were involved in manufacturing; (5) job-specific technical training and computer-related training were the most commonly provided services; (6) training locations were evenly divided between on- and off-campus sites; (7) over 90% of the responding colleges coordinated workforce training programs under continuing education or community services divisions; (8) training programs were supported by employer-paid contracts, college funds, tuition, or state and federal resources; (9) 85% of the respondents perceived that they were meeting employer needs effectively; and (10) the most cited obstacles to effective training were inadequate training budgets, employer inability to afford training, difficulty in being recognized as training providers, and lack of experienced trainers. The survey results suggest that community colleges are providing effective workforce training, though on a limited scale; that resource constraints are the principle obstacle to expanding this scale; and that college and business leaders must work to spur private investment in community college training programs. (ECC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.