ERIC Number: ED454935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges and the Business of Workforce Development. Occasional Paper.
This paper highlights New Jersey's community colleges and their efforts to respond to market and consumer needs. Since one-third of the average New Jersey community college operating budget is paid by credit and non-credit students and clients, the colleges must approach their business like private sector enterprises, performing market research and meeting customer needs with quality programs and services. Each college does research in its service area through surveys of business and industry as well as through focus groups of employers, students, and former students. Academic officers, deans of continuing education, and institutional researchers carefully follow labor market projections. This document discusses: (1) industry clusters, concentrations of particular businesses in certain counties that assure that the local community college will provide occupational programs to support those industries; (2) downsizing and retooling, including initiatives to meet the needs of displaced workers; (3) licensure and certification, stating that within the last decade the number of occupations requiring licensure in New Jersey has risen dramatically; (4) retaining and attracting jobs; (5) building strategic alliances; and (6) supporting the middle class. Provided is a table of examples of jobs retained or added through community college training, and a table of mean annual earnings by levels of education. (EMH)
Descriptors: Business Skills, Career Development, Career Education, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges
New Jersey Council of County Colleges, 330 West State STreet, Trenton, NJ 08618. Tel: 609-392-3434; Web site: http://www.njccc.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Higher Education, Trenton. Office of Community Coll. Programs.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey