Workforce Development and Preparation Initiatives: Implications for the California Community Colleges.Report as inadecuate

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In California, major proposals involving radical changes for workforce development and preparation have been developed and could have considerable impact on the authority, accountability, and fiscal management of the vocational education programs and services offered by the state's community colleges. These initiatives include the development of a statewide plan for engaging the private sector in workforce preparation, the creation of a system of one-stop career centers, and the establishment of a school-to-career system. These proposed programs would have the following implications for community colleges: (1) the diminished authority and responsibility of locally elected boards; (2) a lack of emphasis on the primary importance of faculty expertise; (3) a lack of authority of local college boards to respond to the concerns of the public and students; (4) the proposals assign functions to other agencies that are clearly within the statutory mission of the community colleges; and (5) the proposed creation of new career development centers and a reporting system could affect funding for the existing systems in place at the community colleges. In addition, the initiatives include different performance-based accountability methods from those already implemented in the community colleges related to retention, persistence, completion, placement and transfer, competence, and standards. To respond to the proposals, colleges should establish immediate response and press release writing teams, build regional consortiums, and organize community groups and existing advisory boards to respond. (TGI)

Descriptors: Accountability, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Change, Government School Relationship, Institutional Mission, Job Training, Labor Force Development, State Regulation, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education

Author: Price, Len; And Others


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