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ERIC Number: ED407990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Community-Based Programming: Expanding the College Mission of the 21st Century.
Reichard, Donald L.; Hackley, Vic
There is increasing evidence that American schools are doing a poor job of preparing students for the work force. Several studies have concluded that North Carolina has the worst school-to-work educational training system in the industrialized world. America's educators still have not learned how to deal with the problems that poverty creates for the teaching-learning process, and the erratic reforms in education have been given no time to work. Leaders in these critical times must view their responsibilities from a distant enough perspective to note the linkages among the various social institutions. Educational improvement will be accomplished through the state's community colleges, whose mission includes as a central component the provision of community leadership or work force development. In 1990, Duplin County (North Carolina) felt it was at a turning point; its community college was not satisfied with how it was being received in the community. After applying, it was chosen as a pilot challenge in the ACCLAIM project. After being organized into teams, each team developed an objective to accomplish. Teams 1 and 2 worked on the issue of illiteracy, while Team 3 established a leadership training center. The plan of action for each of these field tests has kept the teams on track and taught them to be more sensitive to their target publics. (HAA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina