ERIC Number: ED460733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Economic and Workforce Development. [Final Task Force Report].
Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD.
This document describes the vision and priorities of Howard Community College's (HCC's) Economic and Workforce Development Task Force. The task force's commission was to identify the long- and short-term skills businesses will demand of the workforce in the Greater Baltimore area and what Howard Community College must do to continue developing these skills in the workforce. The first section of the report presents the vision of the task force, which was established by analyzing the labor market trends in the region. It found that the region has a very broad base of businesses with very few clusters, and that the vast majority of businesses are small with a few employees. It also projected various jobs and skills that would be in greater demand in the near future. Based upon this information, the task force aims to focus on the changes in the workplace, recognizing the environment as rapidly changing and therefore requiring the constant acquisition of new knowledge. Specific recommendations are provided for HCC, including: (1) developing processes to stay informed about employer needs in terms of training; (2) creating environments that can respond rapidly to business needs; (3) encouraging credit faculty to stay in touch with industry needs; and (4) reorganizing the research and planning area to provide data that will trigger new program and service developments. (JJL)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Community Development, Economic Development, Educational Planning, Employment Patterns, Institutional Mission, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Needs Assessment, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD.