ERIC Number: EJ792525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Community Colleges Mean Business...But What Does Business Mean?
Addy, Cathryn L.; Ritchie, William F.
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v17 n4 p22-23 Win 2003
Over the next decade, businesses in New England will be facing a complicated set of problems in finding a reliable and prepared workforce. Businesses are now spending as much as $23 billion a year to train their employees. Community colleges have believed from their inception, that, given the opportunity, they could offer the solution to business' labor-supply problem. However, while community colleges have been the educators and trainers of choice in some fields, they have not always been able to deliver what businesses need. The authors suggest that businesses must work with community colleges to articulate what they are looking for in future employees, allowing the colleges to better prepare graduates that will meet those requirements, and thus saving businesses the money that is now spent on retraining.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Business Relationship, Student Educational Objectives, Organizational Objectives, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Planning, Labor Force Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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