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ERIC Number: ED392481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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How To Run Profit-Generating Training Centers in Smaller Communities.
Olesen, Richard; Bloor, Earl
At the University College at Cariboo, in British Columbia (Canada), the Extension Services function has been shifted to the college's instructional divisions. This has resulted in new funds for the divisions, as well as greater interaction between Extension staff and regular faculty and, thus, new ideas for Extension courses and programs. One innovative idea stemming from this reorganization is the Cariboo Management Centre (CMC), a center originally established 12 years ago to deliver a provincial certificate program in management skills for supervisors. The CMC keeps costs down by employing trainer-consultants exclusively and relying on small scale direct marketing, while its success has stemmed in part from its flexibility and responsiveness to corporations and other organizations throughout British Columbia. Another innovation is the Computer Access Centre (CAC), a single microlab operation offering a wide range of short computer skills training courses. The CAC employs three full-time instructors in the main site, while in the 3 years since the CAC opened, similar centers have been opened in smaller communities replicating the CAC's methodology. Although the CAC produced a $34,982 loss in 1994-95, this was due to one-time job reclassifications and both the CAC and the CMC have consistently contributed to college surpluses in the past 12 years. Activity reports for both centers for April 1 to December 31, 1995, including extensive tables of courses offered and revenues raised, are appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: University Coll. of the Cariboo, Kamloops (British Columbia).