ERIC Number: ED410863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
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A Synthesis of Local, State, and National Studies in Work Force Education and Training. AIR 1997 Annual Forum Paper.
Hickman, Randall C.; Quinley, John W.
This study investigated what the workforce education, training, and retraining needs of businesses and organizations in the United States are, and how well community colleges are meeting these needs. Conventional and meta-analytical methods were employed to analyze a sample of 10 local, state, and national studies in workforce development with a secondary analysis conducted for the purpose of quantitatively and qualitatively integrating the findings. Content analysis methods were used to provide an analysis of survey comments and other qualitative data in the studies. The results of the synthesis supported two general conclusions: (1) community colleges are responding to the needs for workforce education and training for all types and sizes of business and for specific training needs; and (2) they are meeting the needs of business by providing customized, high quality, flexible workforce training programs. Additional research is suggested to validate the extent to which employers across the country agree in their perceptions about work force development needs and issues and there should be a systematic exploration of the agreement of the perceptions of employers and community college administrators concerning the central issues in workforce development. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/JLS)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Content Analysis, Economic Development, Educational Policy, Institutional Mission, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Meta Analysis, Needs Assessment, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Role of Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Training Objectives, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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