ERIC Number: ED411907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Needs Assessment for Education in Sustainable Technologies on Maui.
Pezzoli, Jean A.
In Spring 1997, Maui Community College (MCC), in Hawaii, conducted a survey of Maui businesses to determine perceived needs for a certificate or associate degree program in sustainable technologies. Questionnaires were mailed to 500 businesses, including building, electrical, and plumbing contractors, architects, waste disposal, power generators, agricultural concerns, automotive repairers, and hotels. They sought information on the anticipated level and configuration of job openings within the next 5 years; types of inservice training, wages, and class scheduling accessibility. Study findings, based on 54 completed questionnaires, included the following: (1) the projected need for hiring new employees with sustainable technologies skills is about 22.8 per year over the next 5 years (totaling 114 hires); (2) three sectors, electrical contractors, plumbing, and hotels, will generate most of the jobs; (3) the starting wage for sustainable technologies hires was considerably above minimum wage, at least $8 per hour, with half of the companies promising $15 or more per hour; (4) inservice demand was high; (5) the best time for classes is evenings. The study concluded that there is a need for a sustainable technologies program with a capacity for training 16-20 students per year. The cover letter, survey instrument, and employer comments are attached. (ECF)
Descriptors: Agricultural Occupations, Architects, Auto Mechanics, Building Trades, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Electrical Occupations, Electricians, Employer Attitudes, Employment Projections, Feasibility Studies, Hospitality Occupations, Inservice Education, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Plumbing, Program Proposals, Two Year Colleges, Wages, Waste Disposal
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Kahului. Maui Community Coll.