ERIC Number: ED474346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
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Overcoming the Challenges of Globalization: Community Colleges and the South's Economic Future.
Edwards, Allen, Ed.
Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges (SACJTC) Newsletter, v34 n1 Feb 2000
This newsletter offers the text of an address by David L. Dodson, President of MDC, Inc., to the presidents and officers of the Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges (SACTJC) on December 6, 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia. The talk focuses on MDC's fall 2000 report, the "State of the South." Research for the report illuminated two issues: (1) the continuing trend toward bimodal economic opportunity in the region, with the benefits sharply divided based on geography and skill levels; and (2) the impact of unprecedented foreign immigration on the region's institutions and communities. According to data assembled by the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University, rapid job growth will continue in the region over the next decade. The majority of new jobs, however, will be created in occupations with low educational requirements and correspondingly low wages. Of the 10 occupations that will provide the largest number of new jobs by 2005, only two--general management and registered nursing--will require even an associate's or bachelor's degree. Additionally, large numbers of Latino immigrants who are employed in sectors of the economy with low educational barriers to entry are presenting new challenges for educational institutions. These factors necessitate new programs in the South's colleges. Offers suggestions for adapting to these challenges. (NB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Curriculum, Global Approach, Immigrants, International Cooperation, International Relations, Job Skills, Rural Areas, Rural Economics, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges.