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ERIC Number: ED459892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-14
Pages: 18
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Technical Training and General Education: Can We Really Provide Both?
Tichenor, Stuart
This document focuses on the ability of Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee Community College to effectively incorporate technical training with general education. It emphasizes that in the past, technical training and general liberal arts education were seen and operated as two distinct, somewhat unrelated programs. Changes in the demands and needs of business and industry make incorporating the two fields a necessity. Employers believe that one of two things happens in postsecondary education: (1) students graduate from a liberal arts institution with communications skills but no technical skills; or (2) students graduate from a technical school with minimal liberal arts versatility and minimal communications skills. The author asserts that there must be a middle ground, regardless of the difficulty community colleges have convincing technical students of the importance of general education. Technical training, problem-solving skills, audience analysis, writing, computer skills, and general/specialized communication are the most commonly mentioned employment skills presently desired by employers. This document reports that most technical programs have some general education requirements. Dual emphasis on technical training and general studies, which is what Okmulgee is encouraging, is required to ensure gainful employment for community college students. (Contains 12 references.) (MKF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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