ERIC Number: ED397796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Lifelong Learning for the 21st Century.
The Lifelong Learning Center for the 21st Century was proposed to provide personal renewal and technical training for employees at a major United States automotive manufacturing company when it implemented a new, computer-based Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining, robotics, and high technology facility. The employees needed training for their new job requirements, including operating the equipment, activating and utilizing the computers, analyzing and diagnosing problems, and making timely repairs. Five statewide schools and three consulting firms provided information about their personal renewal and work oriented programs. Learning needs assessment was conducted on all employees via questionnaires, 84% of which were completed. Results of the first year of the lifelong learning program include: 38 employees took courses towards their high school degree or General Equivalency Degree (GED); 118 began pursuing college degrees; 73 enrolled in basic work-oriented remedial courses; over 400 employees completed technically oriented courses; and over 1,000 employees took part in other training programs. Training took place on-site, through teacher-student interaction, television, the televised Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications System (IHETS), computerized independent study, and selected independent study combined with mentoring. Employees enrolled in programs or took courses with Purdue University School of Technology, Indiana Vocational Technology College, Ball State University School of Technology or Business School, and Penn State University (International Correspondence School). (SWC)
Descriptors: Computers, Continuing Education, High School Equivalency Programs, Industrial Training, Inplant Programs, Inservice Education, Job Training, Lifelong Learning, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Professional Education, Program Development, Refresher Courses, Remedial Instruction, Retraining, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1996 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (18th, Indianapolis, IN, 1996); see IR 017 960.