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Industry representatives reviewed the curricula for computer programmer-analyst, network administrator, and technical support courses at 10 community colleges in California. Thirty-eight reviewers participated in the focus groups, and several other reviewers participated via e-mail. The focus groups discussed each of the three degree programs separately. Reviewers offered specific suggestions targeted to each course and noted the competencies needed for the three occupations and the usefulness of industry certification and community college certificates and degrees. They also considered future trends, such as continued growth, evolving technologies, new business models, new types of worker and employer relationships, new skills and types of workers, and new training models. Recommendations include the following: (1) more collaboration between colleges and industry to provide student and faculty internships, share facilities, and recruit short-term faculty from industry; (2) partnerships among college administrative computer divisions and instructional programs; (3) continued industry reviews of curriculum; (4) curriculum that includes nontechnical competencies such as communications, problem solving, and teamwork; (5) emphasis on lifelong learning; (6) continued instructor contact with industry to become aware of trends; and (7) a field-based component in every curriculum. (Questions for the curriculum review and future issues are appended to the document.) (KC)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Competence, Computer Networks, Course Content, Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Employer Employee Relationship, Futures (of Society), Information Technology, Internship Programs, Lifelong Learning, Partnerships in Education, Programmers, School Business Relationship, Systems Analysts, Technical Occupations, Two Year Colleges, Work Experience Programs

Peralta Community College District, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606. Tel: 510-466-7210; e-mail: pcrabtree[at]peralta.cc.ca.us.









Autor: Schwager, Mahna; Lee, June

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11578&id=ED455400







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