ERIC Number: ED403433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec-5
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Partnerships with Business, Industry, and the Military.
Hall, Shirley L.
The Workforce Education and Development Off-Campus Degree Program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale allows military and civilian students to complete bachelor of science degrees in education with a major in work force education and development at 1 civilian site and 16 military bases throughout the United States. Approximately 1,000 students participate in the weekend degree program at any given time. The program includes six courses to be completed within 1 calendar year, four independent study courses, and an internship. The program features vocational skill training, academic instruction integrated with occupational education, and work-based education coordinated with classroom-based instruction. The program's components are as follows: 36-semester-hour major completed at students' sites; university core curriculum courses completed at local community colleges or other colleges/universities or by approved testing; and 225-hour "instructional internship" with an education institution or training establishment for adults or a "professional internships" with a training department of a civilian business/industry or other educational enterprise for 5 semester hours. At the end of their internships, students submit internship packages that include activities logs, mentor evaluation sheets, reaction papers, and work samples. The program has proved a successful way of helping adults obtain college degrees while gaining real-world experience. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Programs, Community Colleges, Educational Practices, Experiential Learning, Extension Education, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Military Personnel, Partnerships in Education, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education, Weekend Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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