ERIC Number: ED406553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Bedford County Agribusiness Educational Needs Assessment.
Rephann, Terance J.
Allegany College of Maryland conducted an educational needs assessment survey of farms and related agribusiness firms to provide evaluation data for curriculum planning at the Bedford County Campus. The survey was distributed to over 2,500 establishments and returned by approximately 18 percent of all active farmers. Respondents rated their agricultural workers' skills highest in basic math, reading, and writing and lowest in computer skills and managerial marketing skills. Approximately two-thirds of responding agribusinesses felt a need for postsecondary agriculture coursework, 8 percent disagreed, and 27 percent were uncertain. Agribusinesses preferred curriculum development in agribusiness management areas and curricula that matched present agribusiness sector characteristics such as animal science. A smaller number indicated a need for horticulture and forestry coursework. Respondents showed a preference for short and focused courses and workshop formats over long-term degree and certificate programs. Several respondents noted that programs should be designed to be synchronous with the farming season to ensure adequate turnout. Twenty-eight (16%) respondents indicated they would be interested in hosting a student intern as part of the agricultural cooperative on-the-job training program; 29 (19%) would like to be contacted about their educational needs; and 27 (17%) indicated they needed assistance in marketing their agricultural products. (Appendixes contain the survey instruments.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Allegany Coll., Cumberland, MD.