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ERIC Number: EJ873904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Apprenticeships: Opportunities for the Workforce
McPhail, Irving Pressley
Community College Journal, v74 n6 p30-31 Jun-Jul 2004
With President George W. Bush praising the role community colleges play in educating and training the nation's workers and proposing $250 million in grants to community colleges that partner with employers, the atmosphere is ripe for community colleges to forge strong relationships with this country's apprenticeship programs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services, in 2003 there were more than 32,000 active apprenticeship programs nationally, serving more than 270,000 students. These numbers do not reveal how many of those apprenticeship programs are affiliated with community colleges, but there is room for growth. Apprenticeship programs produce workers who are the backbone of society. They build homes, construct highways, care for children and perform everyday tasks that are crucial to people's mere existence. In 1988, the Nationwide Commission on the Future of Community Colleges recommended that community colleges help build communities by creating partnerships with employers and making facilities available for workforce training. Community college and apprenticeship programs can form partnerships in several ways. Some form alliances when a business, a trade union, a government entity or a non-profit group sits down with a community college to design a specialized training credit program. Other alliances form through coordinating students to enroll in a community college's public technical classes. And, in some cases partnerships occur through students signing up for continuing education/non-credit job-skill courses. Embracing community partnerships is not new for community colleges, but in today's economic crunch--a weak economic recovery, growing competition from overseas and increasing demands from employers for workers with job-ready training--those partnerships become even more critical. The author contends that colleges should forge more relationships with professional apprentice programs as an avenue for workforce training.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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