ERIC Number: ED471147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
State Policies on Community College Workforce Development: Findings from a National Survey.
Jenkins, Davis; Boswell, Katherine
The Education Commission of the States conducted a national survey on workforce development in the community college. The research instrument was sent to the state agency responsible for oversight of the community colleges in each of the 50 states. Forty-five states responded. The five states that did not respond are Idaho, Hawaii, Maryland, Montana, and South Dakota. Findings include: (1) 21 states provided special funding to community colleges to train workers for high-demand occupations; (2) the type of funding varied, and ranged from under $1 million in some states to $45 million in California; (3) 18 states provided state funds, in addition to federal funds, to support occupational training of disadvantaged students by community colleges; (4) 32 states provided state funding to support customized training for employers; (5) at least eight states required matching funding from the employers served; (6) 20 states funded non-credit occupational training (apart from customized training for employers) at community colleges; (7) 17 states provided special funding to help community colleges purchase, maintain, or replace computers and other equipment for workforce training; and (8) 40 of the 45 respondents answered a question regarding challenges they faced in workforce training. Of these 40, 30 cited lack of funding as a major challenge. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Community Colleges, Economics of Education, Educational Finance, Employment, Financial Support, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Resource Allocation, School Funds, State Aid, Two Year Colleges, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
For full text: http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/40/82/4082.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.