ERIC Number: ED467982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Business of Vocational Education. ERIC Digest.
This digest explores various ways in which businesses have partnered with educational institutions to improve vocational education efforts. It begins the article with an acknowledgment that vocational education has undergone consistent reform in the last decade to satisfy the demands of public, corporate, and government sectors that hold community colleges accountable. According to one study cited in the report, this "new vocationalism" is centered on five core principles: (1) career clusters in fields considered integral to the new economy; (2) integrated curriculums; (3) increased integration with K-16 educational systems; (4) active teaching strategies; and (5) more holistic instruction. It is asserted that active participation by businesses in designing vocational programs that are mutually beneficial to students, businesses, and community colleges is an essential step in the successful implementation of these core principles. The digest also identifies and describes the five most common approaches to new vocationalism implemented by community colleges: tech-prep programs, work-based learning programs, articulated vocational education and applied baccalaureate degree programs, certificate programs for credit and noncredit, and contract and customized training programs. (RC)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Contract Training, Education Work Relationship, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.