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Designed to provide information on the current state of workforce training at the nation's community colleges, this two-part report summarizes results from a national survey of two-year college workforce training programs and documents the growing economic and educational importance of such programs. The first section discusses a fall 1991 survey of 1,042 two-year colleges requesting information on the extent that local employers' needs were met, the kinds of companies served, subjects provided, program organization and funding, and the overall effectiveness of the training programs. A total of 748 completed surveys were received, representing 73.2% of all two-year colleges and campuses in the country. Survey findings included the following: (1) 96% of respondents (n=696) indicated that they provided workforce training programs; (2) almost 66% of the training reported by colleges was done for companies with fewer than 500 employees; (3) the most common subject areas for which community colleges provided training were job specific technical training (20.2%), computer-related training (18.6%), supervision/management (14.6%), and workplace literacy (9.8%); (4) 35.5% of the programs were paid for by employers and 26.9% by college operating funds; and (5) nearly 85% of respondents felt that they were effectively meeting clients' training needs, with the most commonly cited obstacle being inadequate budgets. The second section presents a position paper outlining the current challenge facing the nation to train a skilled workforce, a rationale for community college involvement in such training, and recommendations for action for community college leaders and corporate executives. A list of responding colleges by state and the survey instrument are appended. (BCY)

Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Job Training, Labor Force Development, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Sociocultural Patterns, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges











Author: Doucette, Don

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8788&id=ED356815



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