ERIC Number: ED400008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Working in the Middle: Strengthening Education and Training for the Mid-Skilled Labor Force.
Grubb, W. Norton
Based on statistical research and interviews with students, educators, and employers, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the education and training of the mid-skilled labor force comprised of individuals having at least a high school diploma but less than a baccalaureate degree. Following prefatory materials, chapter 1 highlights the importance of the mid-skilled labor market to the U.S. economy and describes distinctive characteristics of its members. Chapter 2 discusses the educational pathways into the mid-skilled labor market, focusing on the role of two-year colleges in preparing this group, while chapter 3 presents data on the economic effects of sub-baccalaureate education, suggesting that individuals completing credentials can benefit substantially. Chapter 4 examines non-college, shorter term job training programs, suggesting that the benefits gained from these programs are small, and advocates a unified system of job training and educational programs. Chapter 5 reviews implications of the characteristics of mid-level workers for two-year college curricula, arguing for the integration of occupational, academic, and remedial instruction, while chapter 6 discusses possibilities for enhancing connections between community colleges and employers. Chapter 7 examines implications for public policy, arguing that the needs of the mid-level workforce have been neglected at the federal, state, and local levels. Finally, chapter 8 considers trends in student characteristics, institutional structures, and the labor market to clarify future needs. Contains 233 references and an index. (HAA)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Economic Impact, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Employment Projections, High School Graduates, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
Jossey-Bass Publishers, Inc., 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104-1310; fax: (800) 605-2665 ($32.95).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
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IES Cited: ED498358