It is no secret that local Community Colleges are a great resource for education.
In order to remain competitive, even on a local or regional scale companies are stressing the importance of education and job skills training. These days, firms are looking to the individual employee to bear some of the costs for specialized training. Still, attending a symposium or skills workshop can cost into the thousands of dollars when you factor in travel expense and instructional costs. With the price just about everything on the rise, organizations are looking for creative ways to save.
On-site specialized training is becoming more and more popular with employers. Contract Education is becoming more attractive as a vehicle for employee education especially for industries that require upgrade certification for large cohorts of workers. This type of training offers the employer low-cost training at their location and with their input on curriculum development. in other words, companies benefit from high-quality workforce training with maximum results and minimum investment.
In order to be competitive, business must have a workforce with the right training and skill set. Integrating business into the training process will ensure that the curriculum and delivery methods are aligned with stated objectives. Building relationships with local public and private agencies is a required first step towards educational integration.
Needs assessment meetings will bring business to the table and help give them ownership in developing their training curriculum. In this model, employees can upgrade their skills and certifications in a matter of weeks, not months. Business does not operate in 16 week semester increments; therefore, customized training programs should rise to meet the needs of the client.
Like any client, understanding their unique needs and challenges is what 21st Century workforce development entails. Business Education is a multi-billion dollar industry and community colleges that reach out to leaders in the community can transform not only the school, but how education is delivered in the new millennium.
Will most certainly involves customized workforce training programs. The accepted model of higher education is continually being challenged as the 21st Century moves farther into its second decade. The phrases “Going to College” and “Getting an Education” no longer connotes a long, drawn out death-by-PowerPoint or hours of drudging through a textbook that costs more than your car.
The new model of education is moving toward customized, on-demand curriculum available at the speed of business, and linked to solid career pathways. Students are becoming more familiar with hybrid delivery modalities and coordinating learning teams from around the globe. The days of learning in a bubble of whiteboards and scan-trons are quickly fading.
The Future of Education is on the leading edge of career fields that did not exist even a few years ago. Emerging trends in Health Informatics, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Sustainable Technologies are giving rise to a new way to develop and deliver 21st Century Curriculum. Business partners are becoming an integral part of shaping education for their workforce.