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ERIC Number: ED369458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-9
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Back from the Future: Community Demands Reshape a College.
Doty, Ralph; And Others
When given the opportunity to plan a new community learning center, Lakeland Community College's program planners sought the assistance of The College Board's Office of Adult Learning and Services. Thousands of scientifically weighted interviews involving households, students, and business leaders were evaluated to determine the community's feeling toward education, training, and information needs. The study had five phases: a study of the demand for noncredit courses among individual adult students; a study of the needs of business and industry for employee education and training; a study of large private-sector employers; a study of special needs populations, including the elderly, unemployed, and women; and a study of enrolled students. Information from these studies, as well as Lake County demographics and societal trends and institutional issues, shaped the program planners' thinking. These issues included the following: (1) Lake County employers were concerned with the lack of basic skills in the labor pool; (2) a permanent restructuring on employment is occurring in Lake County with jobs moving from manufacturing to the service sector; (3) contingency workers are appealing to many employers; (4) Lakeland must anticipate the impact of technology on the college and the local work force; and (5) space is at a premium on campus and needed for the credit enrollments at Lakeland Community College. These findings called for a reexamination of programming, scheduling, physical features of the center, and learning support equipment. (ECC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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