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ERIC Number: ED471172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Multiple Measures of Success: American Community Colleges' Contribution to Workforce Training, Economic Benefit, Community, and Business.
Cohen, Arthur M.; Laanan, Frankie Santos
This paper examines the impact American community colleges have on the nation's economic development. The profile of the community college offered here indicates that there are 1,236 public and private non-profit community colleges in the United States, with an additional 300 to 400 for-profit institutions sometimes included in the category. The colleges enroll 5.5 million students, or 45% of the 12.2 million students enrolled in undergraduate education in the United States. More than 37% of these students are age 25 or older. The associate's degrees offered by community colleges in 1993-1994 totaled 32% of all undergraduate degrees, including the bachelor's. By 1992, 96% of community colleges provided workforce training programs for employers in their communities. Between 1991-1992, the top 5 subject areas in which employees received workplace training were: (1) job-specific technical training (20%); (2) computer-related (18.6%); (3) supervision/management (14.9%); (4) workplace literacy (9.8%); and (5) communication/interpersonal skills (8.6%). The authors offer a breakdown of some specific program outcomes. The paper also examines the ways in which a community college education benefits individual income and employment, and the ways in which non-students utilize community college facilities and services. Finally, the paper discusses community college links with businesses. (Contains 26 references.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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