ERIC Number: ED428794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Community College/Cluster Connections: Specialization and Competitiveness in the U.S. and Europe. Community College Research Center Occasional Paper.
Rosenfeld, Stuart A.
This document focuses on four community colleges--in Ireland, Denmark, California, and Mississippi--that play central economic development roles in their communities. Each has chosen to specialize in the skills and knowledge needed by local industry and the regional economy. Such technical colleges have emerged as key regional institutions, not only filling industry's labor requirements, but also serving as sources of advice and assistance in the modernization of existing industries. Thus, in many regions, community colleges are the leading source of technological expertise, and economic development has become a core mission of the college. These colleges ally themselves with businesses and draw staff from both industry and education. The benefits of such partnerships between education and business are evident: (1) colleges receive equipment, financial support, and access to industry specific knowledge; (2) businesses gain advice and employees who are more productive; and (3) the region's economy benefits from the mobility of the graduates and the flow of information among firms. Traditional college placement services are not necessary due to close ties between faculty, employers and informal labor market information networks. At each location studied, job offers at high relative wages are plentiful. Contains 26 references. (Author/AS)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Role, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Economic Development, Educational Technology, Employment, Foreign Countries, Information Networks, Labor Force Development, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th St., Box 174, New York, NY 10027; Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.