ERIC Number: ED416923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Molokai Community Needs Assessment for Agriculture Education and Training.
Pezzoli, Jean A.
In order to assess the needs of agriculture (AG) education and ascertain the potential employment demand for pre-service and in-service training in agriculture over the next 5 years, Maui Community College (MCC) sent questionnaires to Molokai community businesses, inquiring about their agricultural labor demand. In December 1997, 68 questionnaires were mailed to a broad spectrum of businesses, with a 30% return rate. Results indicated that there is great support for AG education in Molokai, and that 60% of the responding companies expect to hire AG personnel, most at above minimum wage, within the next 5 years. This demand from Molokai's small population base would absorb only one-half to two-thirds of the program capacity for pre-service training, leading to the recommendation that MCC's Molokai AG program run less frequent pre-service cycles and focus more on potential in-service needs. Course topics in greatest demand include irrigation, pest control, and equipment operation, as well as business and vocational aspects of agriculture and computer training. Chief barriers to taking MCC AG classes include lack of interesting topics and inconvenient class times. Document includes responder comments. Appendices include the survey developers, cover letter, questionnaire, mailing list, and respondents. (YKH)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Laborers, Agricultural Personnel, Agricultural Trends, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Students, Personnel Needs, Program Development, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Surveys, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Kahului. Maui Community Coll.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii