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ERIC Number: ED371789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 49
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Training for Trade: Role of American Community Colleges.
Wismer, Jack N.
Today, global competition affects almost every business or industry, often triggering corporate restructuring, downsizing, focus on continuous quality improvement, heightened efforts to globalize companies and increase exports. To meet the competitive challenges of a global economy, community colleges can better serve business and industry by promoting international trade awareness and providing the training to create a world-class workforce. Training for trade programs focuses on providing import/export training to business employees and students; technical training assistance to export American products and services; and educational opportunities about international languages, customs and cultures. Building partnerships is key to implementing successful training for trade programs. To do so, it is recommended that colleges: (1) establish a cross-functional task force to develop a comprehensive plan for international education and training; (2) form alliances with government, business, and industry to develop competencies for students and business employees, which also strengthen local economic development; and (3) establish advisory boards from local business and industry to provide valuable input into training programs. Effective training programs are currently offered at Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina), Waukesha County Technical College (Wisconsin), St. Louis Community College (Missouri), North Seattle Community College (Washington), Portland Community College (Oregon), Lake Michigan College (Michigan), College of DuPage (Illinois), and Middlesex Community College (Massachusetts). All have innovative training for trade programs. The National Trade DataBank, COmpany Readiness to Export, and the National Association for Small Business International Trade Educators can provide resources. Appendixes include diagrams of international education and trade goals and program descriptions. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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