ERIC Number: ED400911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Responding to the Challenges of Workforce and Economic Development: The Role of America's Community Colleges. AACC White Paper.
Day, Philip R., Jr.
As part of the current federal welfare, health care, and workforce development reforms, Congress is considering replacing such programs as Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology and Tech Prep with a single, unified system of job-training and training-related activities. At the same time, business and industry are faced with enormous challenges in maintaining a competitive workforce in the face of the increasing percentage of skilled positions required. Community colleges are emerging as the major, potential providers of workforce training in a new unified system. Recent studies have shown that 96% of the nation's community colleges are directly involved with training and education services to business and industry, while 8 out of 10 businesses, industries, or manufacturing centers were familiar with and/or utilizing community college training services. Further, community colleges have included workforce training in their mission and practices and view their role as a partner with business rather than just a training provider. Finally, the colleges are poised to take a leadership role in workforce training because they can provide the following: (1) one-stop operations, providing assessment, training, referral, financial assistance, and placement; (2) targeted, on-the-job, and industry-specific training; (3) services for special populations; (4) integrated methodologies, including advanced computerized and distance technologies; (5) articulated learning experiences between high schools and universities; and (6) accountability. (HAA)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Role, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Integrated Services, Job Training, Labor Force Development, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges
World Wide Web: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/govtrel/legisu/fintro/philday/philday.htm
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.