ERIC Number: ED417782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of America's Community Colleges.
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Business and industry are faced with enormous transition, and workforce development has become critical to competitiveness. Jobs requiring technical skills are expected to grow to 65 percent of the market, while unskilled, low-end wage jobs should shrink to just 15 percent. Estimates indicate that up to 75 percent of the existing workforce will require significant job retraining over the next five years. Community colleges are emerging as potential, major providers of this training, able to offer one-stop operations, targeted job training, on-the-job training, industry-specific customized training, services for special populations, historically collaborative ventures, integrated methodologies, articulated learning experiences, and accountability for results. Currently, there are approximately 1,300 community colleges located within 25 miles of major population bases and businesses that are the backbone of the U.S. economy. Many of these community colleges are involved in providing training to local industries. Businesses, in turn, contract with community colleges for training because of cost-effectiveness, quality of instruction, the ability to customize training design, and location of classes. To remain viable and grow, community colleges must continue to join with regional businesses to strengthen economic competitiveness and provide the critical link between training services and jobs. (EMH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Futures (of Society), Institutional Role, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.