ERIC Number: ED385323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Apprenticeship Component: A Vital Part of Work Force Training.
Though formal arrangements between community colleges and business and industry are increasing, structured workplace apprenticeship arrangements remain scant. Such arrangements have a number of advantages for students, colleges, and industry, including: (1) they represent a way in which colleges can gain private sector support for experiential learning programs; (2) students enrolling in apprenticeship programs practice technical skills while learning specific applications that benefit both industry and the learner; (3) in addition, students benefit by increased employment opportunities and the likelihood of rapid advancement within the firm; and (4) industry benefits through employees capable of beginning full-time employment with known, specific competencies which contribute to overall productivity. Community colleges have always attempted to provide courses that enable vocational education students to find jobs in current technologies. However, curriculum design and implementation processes often take so long that students end up trained in skill areas that are no longer current. Having students participate in a program with a practical, experiential, apprenticeship component permits training that is consistent with industry requirements. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Piedmont Community Coll., Charlotte, NC.