Trends of Importance to California Community Colleges.Report as inadecuate

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Prepared to assist the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges in the development of its "New Basic Agenda" for 1996, this report discusses several major statewide trends with important implications for California's community colleges. Data are reviewed on population growth, labor market and technological changes requiring community colleges to provide the workforce with new skills, economic cycles, educational funding, changing family structures, immigration and multicultural issues, and public policy. Specific trends and projections presented in the report include the following: (1) by 2000, nearly one half of California's population will consist of people of color; (2) the labor force will incorporate more women, minorities, recent immigrants, and older workers; (3) technological change will place an increased emphasis on communications and information processing, services, and occupational retraining and upgrading, with most new jobs requiring some postsecondary education; (4) much of California's future economic growth will be determined by the availability of skilled labor, suggesting that community colleges will have a major responsibility for the state's future economic development; (5) community colleges will need to accommodate the changing educational needs of the increasingly diverse student population; and (6) policy changes will affect workforce preparation, funding, and functions of community colleges. Contains 31 references. (TGI)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Labor Force Development, Sociocultural Patterns, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges

Author: McIntyre, Charles


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