ERIC Number: ED371800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Needs Assessment Survey.
Donsky, Aaron P.; And Others
To gather data on the future educational needs for successful employment in Seminole County, Florida, a cooperative study was conducted by Seminole Community College and the Seminole County Public Schools. A sample was developed of 450 employers selected by types of businesses employing technology education graduates in Seminole, Orange, and Volusia counties. A list of questions for future telephone interviews were mailed to the chief executive officers of 285 firms, with interviews conducted with 63% of the sample. Study findings included the following: (1) the most desired non-technical job requirement was work ethic/appearance (48%); (2) with respect to retraining, 78% of respondents expressed a preference for training by in-house staff; (3) for firms indicating a preference for training by outside organizations, 27% indicated a preference for a series of non-credit college level seminars, 23% mentioned vocational programs linked to a public education institution, and 21% indicated a program linked to credit courses; (4) only 18% of respondents had employees hoping to pursue an associate degree; (5) the most commonly cited programs to fulfill training needs were technical education (16%), business/clerical/secretarial (14%), and computer training (12%); (6) with respect to anticipated hires, the dominant occupational needs were blue collar service, clerical/office/computer, and sales; and (7) 80% of health care firms indicated they would be employing more cross-trained personnel. Appendixes include the classifications of employers, the survey instrument, a phone contact summary, and results. (MAB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Job Skills, Labor Needs, Minimum Competencies, Needs Assessment, Occupational Surveys, Professional Training, Questionnaires, Retraining, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seminole Community Coll., Sanford, FL.; Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida