ERIC Number: ED410989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
After the National Training Study: Considerations and Recommendations.
Kantor, Sherrie L.
NCOE Workplace, v7 n4 p1,3,18-20 Win 1996
A 1996 study of employers across the United States confirmed the valuable role that community colleges play in providing workforce training. To continue performing that role, community colleges must take into account emerging factors that will change the role of instruction. These factors include the characteristics of the continuum of learners served by the colleges, including emerging, existing, transitional, and entrepreneurial workforce learners. In addition, the knowledge revolution and related technological developments are changing the roles of business and educational institutions, allowing businesses to provide direct access to training. Moreover, technological advances have altered the nature of work, including the types of training needed and the types of jobs that exist. Recommendations for responding to these factors include the following: (1) community colleges must restructure to eliminate organizational divisions among credit, non-credit, and entrepreneurial efforts and focus on the markets of learners served; (2) faculty and management should be retrained to serve workforce students along the continuum; (3) alternative delivery formats should be considered, focusing on specific market niches; (4) colleges should emphasize the relevance of their offerings and risk making bold changes; (5) competition should be examined and learned from, leaving open the possibility for partnerships; (6) products should be repackaged and re-marketed, incorporating previously separate classes together; and (7) colleges should collaborate both within and outside the college. (YKH)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for Occupational Education, Columbus, OH.