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Responding Effectively to Industry: If Not Us, Who?. Michelle Pilati , Rio Hondo College Phil Smith, American River College. You might have heard the following:. Community colleges are just not responsive, or not responsive enough, to business or industry! . Audience Poll.

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responding effectively to industry if not us who

Responding Effectively to Industry: If Not Us, Who?

Michelle Pilati, Rio Hondo College Phil Smith, American River College

you might have heard the following
You might have heard the following:

Community

colleges are just not responsive,

or not responsive enough,

to business or industry!

audience poll
Audience Poll

Community colleges are just not responsive, or not responsive enough, to business or industry.TRUE? • FALSE?

accurate claim or not
Accurate Claim or Not?

“Community colleges

are just not responsive, or not responsive enough, to business or

industry.”

college for career preparation
College for Career Preparation
  • Recent Survey: 80% of high school seniors plan to attend college for better job opportunities (WiseChoice, 2010).
  • Pew Research Study: 47% of the public says that the main purpose of a college education is to teach work-related skills and knowledge compared with 39% who say it is to help students grow personally and intellectually. (May 15, 2011)
college for career preparation1
College for Career Preparation

Almost all community college funding is directed to helping students develop the skills and knowledge for a career (or group of careers) after completing college or university.

college for career preparation2
College for Career Preparation

Estimates vary about how much instruction and activity at community colleges is devoted to direct career preparation

  • Mainstream Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs
  • Economic Workforce Development (EWD) programs
  • Small Business Assistance Centers (SBAC)
california community colleges
California Community Colleges
  • Are A Publicly Funded Educational Resource
california community colleges1
California Community Colleges

Important Resource for State But Not Unlimited

challenges to providing services to new businesses and industries
Challenges to Providing Services to New Businesses and Industries

“Pinball Machine” Problem

pinball machine problem
“Pinball Machine” Problem
  • Is there a single point of contact at your college/district responsible for new curriculum or training requests from businesses or industry?
  • If a business or industry representative contacted a college or district employee about a curriculum or training request, would the employee know to direct the representative to the single point of contact?
  • Does your college/district have a clear process for accepting or denying a curriculum development or training request?
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Challenges to Providing Services to New Businesses and Industries

“No Operators Are Standing By” Problem

no operators are standing by problem
“No Operators Are Standing By” Problem
  • Although new requests might be assigned to a particular administrator, it’s unlikely that these requests are his or her only duties in most districts.
  • Would be very unusual for colleges to have CTE faculty set aside and waiting for requests from industry/business.
challenges to providing services to new businesses and industries2
Challenges to Providing Services to New Businesses and Industries

“We Need This Yesterday” Problem

we need this yesterday problem
“We Need This Yesterday” Problem
  • The need for trained workers is just one more issue for new businesses. Representatives may tend to focus on the end product: the number of trained workers needed and how long it will take for them to be produced.
  • Business or industry representatives may not be clear about or understand the need for a sequence of instructional activities required to produce trained workers.
challenges to providing services to new businesses and industries3
Challenges to Providing Services to New Businesses and Industries

“Try To Be All Things To All People” Problem

be all things to all people problem
“Be All Things To All People” Problem
  • Are all training requests that come to the CCCs worth doing?
  • If not, who decides? what process is used to make the decision, and how is the decision communicated?
given the challenges not too surprising when we hear
Given the Challenges, Not Too Surprising When We Hear:

“Community colleges are just not responsive, or not responsive enough, to business or industry!”

strategies recommendations
Strategies/Recommendations

Create a Single Point of Contact

strategies recommendations1
Strategies/Recommendations

Expectations Management

strategies recommendations2
Strategies/Recommendations

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

strategies recommendations3
Strategies/Recommendations

Educate About/Explain Options