ERIC Number: ED395647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-2
Industry Work Experience Leave for Faculty.
Johnson, Don R.
Working leaves for faculty in two-year diploma programs provide colleges with more experienced and current faculty, provide industry with new employees or consultants with fresh ideas, and present faculty with opportunities to use up-to-date technologies and methodologies and share those experiences with students. At the University College of the Cariboo, in British Columbia, a faculty member in the Computing Information Systems diploma program arranged a work leave in spring 1995, although no formal program existed at the college. First, the instructor contacted area firms employing large numbers of Information Systems workers, receiving offers from two firms, and received approval from the college for a 1-semester leave at 50% pay. The leave was then arranged with a large supplier of wood and paper products, with the firm covering the remaining 50% of the instructor's salary. The instructor spent the first 8 weeks of the leave researching and documenting the company's existing information system, while the remaining time was spent developing a new system for tracking work done by the company's Business Information Systems division. Finally, although the leave cost the college $6,000, it provided significant benefits. The instructor gained new skills and familiarity with new processes and used this knowledge to develop a Natural Resource Science course for fall 1995. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Workforce Training of the League for Innovation in the Community College (4th, Orlando, FL, January 31-February 3, 1996).