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ERIC Number: ED403004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Regional Cooperation To Meet Global Competition.
Price, Thomas
In response to the recognition that significant changes were required in service delivery approaches to meet the changing needs for workforce training, Illinois' Joliet Junior College (JJC) implemented a series of innovative training programs. The guiding philosophy behind the programs was that service delivery must correspond to shifts in focus from instructor-driven training to learner-centered training, from individual companies to cooperation and competition within industry clusters, from joint ventures to flexible business networks, and from comprehensive service providers to electronically connected networks of service delivery. The first program initiated was the Petrochemical/Refinery Process Technician Program (PRPTP), a 12-week course providing training at four company sites and at JJC facilities. JJC is also developing, with the assistance of local petrochemical companies, a parallel Associate in Applied Science program in processing technology as a career path for more traditional students. As an outgrowth of the PRPTP, the college's most significant multi-agency project was developed: the Safety Training Center of the Three Rivers Safety Council. The Council is an alliance of 13 area process manufacturers joined to improve safety awareness and performance of contractors, while the Center provides a Contractor Safety Orientation Course, serving 7,730 students in its first year. A final example of a multi-agency initiative is the ISO 9000 Registration Preparation Network, which allows companies to form partnerships to achieve shared goals. In the 4 years of the Network's existence, 31 companies have been served. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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