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ERIC Number: ED566194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 116
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-2965-2
Assessing the Technology Programming Used by Community Colleges to Meet Industry Needs: An Exploratory Case Study Research
Hernandez, Otto G.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Historically, community college missions have addressed both the transfer to 4-year colleges and universities, as well as local workforce development. To facilitate the workforce development component of their mission, community college leaders and program managers have regularly sought partnerships with significant industry members in their region. The partnerships allow both entities to forge outcomes that will create a skilled and prepared workforce, satisfied employers, and educated citizens. For this purpose, the researcher sought to identify, describe, and analyze these outcomes from the perspective of the employers. This qualitative, exploratory, single case study focused on the perceptions that key members across the selected organization have of the current state of the partnership. The participant organization was chosen due to its longstanding partnership with the community college participant, as the researcher's goal was to analyze the processes in place for evaluating the successes and failures that exist in a mature partnership. The researcher showed that the success of partnerships that include student internships are influenced by the level and quality of communications between the partners. The communications can be better improved through active and engaged advisory boards, having an organizational liaison that functions as a "champion" of workforce development, continuous improvement of the career and technical education program delivery, and the emphasis on lifelong learning. The results of the research can be used to improve the current partnership between the participating community college and the participating organization. Additionally, the findings are transferable to other community colleges that want to improve existing partnerships with their regional industry. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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