Needs and changing missions: Post North American Free Trade Agreement workforce development in community colleges along the Texas-Mexico border

by Luna, Blanca Alicia, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2007, 158 pages; 3288698


The purpose of the study was to examine business partnerships and collaboration and labor-market responsive community colleges as they relate to industry-business and employers needs to training and education in the 13 community colleges in cities along the Texas-Mexico border. Surveys were sent to 13 community colleges deans and directors. The community colleges were also mailed a form which served to provide names and addresses of local employers that utilized the college's workforce training programs. Four hundred employers were identified and a survey regarding recruiting, retaining and training was sent to those identified. The main findings from this study were based on surveys received from 22 community colleges' deans and directors and 329 employers. The employers' skills needs and perceptions of community colleges regarding the workforce recruiting, retaining and training were addressed in both survey instruments. The results of the two data groups indicated for the most part mutual agreement between deans/directors and employers in the majority of the skills competencies. Also, apparent was the lack of understanding of employer's needs in regards to recruitment strategies, types and sources of training needed by employers. Two other areas of difference were in the basic skills competency needed 5 years from now and computer and other competencies currently needed. For the most part community colleges are meeting the workforce needs of local employers. Some conclusions drawn from this study are as follows: (a) community colleges need to work more closely with employers along the Texas-Mexico border; (b) employers have a great need for training employees in many skills competencies; (c) community colleges need to effectively monitor the current trends in skill requirements of local businesses; (d) employees skills have changed from 10 years ago needing new skills and retraining; and (e) partnerships among community colleges, employers and the community are important to the success of workforce training.

AdviserJudith L. Forbes
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsCommunity college education; Management; Business education
Publication Number3288698

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