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To gather information on the workforce training and retraining needs of American businesses and how community colleges can best meet those needs, a study was conducted of recipients of workforce education and training nationwide. One-hundred and four community colleges in 27 states participated in the study, sending questionnaires to 4,703 American-based employers who had been served by the colleges in 1994-95. In addition, the colleges were asked to complete one-page summaries describing exemplary workforce programs and factors that affect the success of workforce education. Major findings and recommendations from the study, based on questionnaires received from 2,473 employers and summaries received from 56 colleges, included the following: (1) 35.3% of the businesses served were in the industrial/manufacturing sector, 17.4% were in the government/public sector, and 13.9% were in health services; (2) slightly less than one-half of the businesses were small, having 100 or fewer employees; (3) the quality of training provided was rated as good or excellent by 96% of the employers; (4) factors related to program success included instructional quality, responsiveness to business needs, cost-effectiveness, and effective assessment and evaluation systems; and (5) the most serious limitation in implementing workforce education cited by the colleges was lack of financial and other resources. Contains 23 references. (HAA)

Descriptors: College Planning, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Job Training, Labor Force Development, National Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education

Author: Quinley, John W.


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