ERIC Number: ED461004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Iowa Workforce Training Study. Executive Summary.
A study examined the perceived training and retraining needs of Iowa business/organizations and employer views regarding how the continuing education divisions of Iowa's community colleges can best meet those needs. Of the 1,069 Iowa employers contacted, 608 (56.9%) responded. According to the respondents, Iowa's system of community college continuing education divisions is indeed responding to business/industry needs for work force training and retraining. The work force training being provided was considered to be of high quality and flexible and was seen as having a significant impact in meeting the economic and educational needs of Iowa's citizens and businesses. Nearly all respondents reported that substantial proportions of their current work forces need additional training and considered technological change to be an important factor increasing the need for work force training. Of the respondents, 28.5% were very familiar with Iowa work force training programs and 61.5% were only somewhat familiar with them. It was recommended that Iowa's community colleges review and augment their marketing programs and that the state increase funding levels of existing and emerging work force training programs. (Contains 12 tables/figures and 22 references. Appended are the names/addresses of the members of the Iowa Association of Adult and Continuing Education Deans and Directors.) (MN)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Distance Education, Educational Demand, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Educational Quality, Educational Supply, Educational Technology, Employer Attitudes, Industrial Training, Labor Force Development, State Surveys, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa Association of Adult and Continuing Education Deans and Directors, Des Moines.; National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education.; COMBASE, Stockton, CA.; Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa