ERIC Number: ED383856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Business/Education Partnerships. ERIC Digest No. 156.
Lankard, Bettina A.
Since the early 1980s, more and more businesses have been motivated to enter into business/education partnerships to improve the academic and technical skills of the future work force. In the one-to-one institutional partnership, the needs of one school and/or one business drive the agreement. As partnerships expand to involve multiple partners, the agreements become more complex and the benefits more far reaching. When businesses engage in collaborative partnerships, they look for benefits that affect their operation, productivity, and profit line. Because the benefits of business/education partnerships are related to the goals of the partnerships, they are better described within the context of their particular focus. Those focusing on classroom teaching and learning expose teachers to new technology, give them authentic work, and assist them in transferring work experience into classrooms. The impact of these experiences is the belief that partnerships are an investment in the future. Partnerships that focus on vocational education program development can involve cooperative development of materials and business supply of equipment and grants and funds. In partnerships that focus on cooperative apprenticeships, community colleges receive equipment, facilities, and training for faculty; benefits to business are remedial programs for employees, onsite administrative support provided by the college, and college-assisted recruitment of new trainees. Work experience programs are another focus of partnerships. (Contains 11 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.