ERIC Number: ED481380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Skills Certifications and Workforce Development: Partnering with Industry and Ourselves.
Cantor, Jeffrey A.
Leadership Abstracts, v15 n1 Jan 2002
This article states that constant changing workplace technology requirements have placed a burden on the employees to remain competent. This problem can be alleviated by community colleges that offer credentials in different occupations. Community colleges can aid in the creation of new jobs by providing students with the skills that are highly desired by employers. The author explains that with the increasing demand for credentials in different industries, it is necessary for community colleges to document individual student competencies, identify meaningful benchmarks of student success, and maintain program relevance. The author discusses two types of certification: (1) certification issued by the industry; and (2) certification issued by organizations or professional associations. The author uses examples from different industries that rely on employee certification including Microsoft, Cisco Systems Corporation, and many health related companies. The document concludes that the need for industry certification programs is due to an increasing demand for a workforce with up to date technical skills. These skills will create a competitive edge in the marketplace for firms. By partnering with industry, community colleges can create a mutually beneficial relationship. (MZ)
Descriptors: Certification, Community Colleges, Educational Certificates, Mandatory Continuing Education, Qualifications, Special Degree Programs, Technology, Technology Education, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.league.org/publication/abstracts/leadership/labs0102.html.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Systems & Computer Technology Corp., Malvern, PA.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Laguna Hills, CA.
Note: Article from the World Wide Web Edition.