ERIC Number: ED432345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-12
Reference Count: N/A
Comments for President Lancaster Concerning Economic and Workforce Development Issues Facing Community Colleges.
North Carolina Community Coll. System, Raleigh.
This document presents the comments of the president of the North Carolina Community College System regarding economic and workforce development issues facing the community colleges. He states that North Carolina is a leading manufacturing state today in an economy that is increasingly being refocused on information-based services. From an economic development perspective, the shift toward a knowledge economy places greater not less importance on workforce development and the role of the community colleges. He contends that even though the state's leaders recognized the central role of workforce development in promoting growth over fifty years ago, this does not mean the state has achieved its goals and can refocus its resources elsewhere. Instead, the author advocates the courage to change as appropriate and to continuously evaluate one's position. With new federal legislation and new economic circumstances, there are certain changes needed to adapt to this environment: salaries, lifelong learners, short-term training initiatives, program integration, and redesign of delivery systems through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Implications of the WIA for community colleges are presented through a list of key provisions: funding streams, three tiers of service, vouchers for training, eligibility of training providers, youth programs/councils, governance structure, one-stop delivery system, and statewide activities. Finally, a community college action agenda is presented, which includes keeping informed of any WIA guidelines, obtaining copies of draft regulations, and contacting governors and chief local elected officials. (VWC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Community Coll. System, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998