ERIC Number: ED420334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing the Work Force for the 21st Century: 1998 Community Based Research.
Quinley, John W.; Cantrell, Jo Ellen
To help determine the community's work force training needs, Spartanburg Technical College (STC) completed an extensive research study. It included a survey of 1,501 high school juniors in Cherokee, Union, and Spartanburg counties in South Carolina; a survey of 293 area businesses and industries; focus groups representing 63 companies, elected officials, human service employers, educators, and health care providers; and a survey of 396 citizens in the community. Results of the high school study indicated strong preferences for careers in professional occupational areas, with 10 percent preferring health service jobs and nine percent aspiring to technician jobs. Seventy-five percent of the students planned to attend college, with 54 percent considering a public university and 36 percent considering a technical college. Results from the work force survey suggested that employers expect higher levels of skill and competency in the work force, especially in writing, mathematics, thinking, computer literacy, and leadership. The focus groups agreed with this assertion, noting that a strong foundation in the academic basics is vital to obtaining more advanced, technically specific skills. Finally, the community survey showed that one-hundred percent of the alumni citizens who responded were satisfied with the quality of the course they'd taken at STC, and would recommend the college to a friend. (Contains 13 graphs.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Spartanburg Technical Coll., SC.