ERIC Number: ED443464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Sustainable Technology: Community Surveys of Requisite Skills, Spring 2000.
Pezzoli, Jean A.; Ainsworth, Don
The goal of this study was to obtain feedback from relevant community businesses regarding skills needed by employees in Sustainable Technologies. Survey results will help design the innovative Sustainable Technologies curriculum, which is under development at the Maui Community College. In the fall 1999 semester, the Sustainable Technologies Coordinator and the Assistant Dean of Instruction developed a questionnaire (included in the appendix) to survey relevant community representatives regarding the value of Sustainable Technologies toward various employee skills. The questionnaire presented 49 skills from seven curricular categories: general education, waste water quality, energy related tech, occupational safety, environmental tech, potable water quality, and hazardous materials. The 26 respondents were asked to rate each of the skills as "Not Applicable,""Low,""Medium," or "High" in importance for successful job performance. The top three skills are from the general education category: English speaking, English writing, and computer literacy. The skills next in line are all from the occupational safety category: accident prevention, OSHA, safety plans, worker compensation, hazardous materials, emergency response, occupational health, and industrial hygiene. A rather large number of skills were rated as "Not Applicable" or left blank. Eighteen skills accumulated lower than 20 points (out of a possible 78). The response rate was quite low (11.5%) and so are the rankings in general. These results raise several questions for further consideration: validity of the fax methodology, complexity of the questions, and relevancy of studied skills to community need. (VWC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Kahului. Maui Community Coll.