ERIC Number: ED306967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Educational Initiatives for Industrial Development in Georgia.
Starnes, Paul M.; Johnson, Berman E.
Georgia's two-year technical institutes have played a prominant role in linking education with industry. Five major interrelated efforts have worked to transform the state from an agrarian economy to one utilizing advanced technologies. The first of these, the Quick-Start Program, offers state-paid services, such as consultation, employee recruitment, pre-employment screening, and on-the-job training, to new or expanding industries. Second, the Advanced Technology Development Center of the Georgia Institute of Technology serves as a business incubator for new companies, reduces business risks for advanced technology companies, and links the creation of new jobs to entrepreneurial innovation. Third, a study was conducted to define directions and strategies to meet advanced technology training needs at two-year colleges and to assist technical institutes in serving new industry attracted to the state. Fourth, a standard engineering technology curriculum was created for six pilot technical institutes to offer an Associate Degree in Applied Technology on a trial basis. Finally, the State Board of Postsecondary Vocational Education was created as a separate government agency to oversee engineering technology education and the role of postsecondary education in industrial development. These initiatives have had a signficant impact on initial plant operations; the development of a pool of paraprofessionals with adaptable skills for advanced technologies; and research and development. (AAZC)
Descriptors: College Role, Curriculum Development, Economic Development, Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Pilot Projects, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Research and Development Centers, School Business Relationship, State Boards of Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia