Steering Committee: educators from colleges, schools and universities, students, employers and labour and government reps.
25-30 years ago when colleges created
* Baby Boom- students staying in school longer
* Population Homogeneous( European) - dominated by male breadwinner
* Economy dominated by manufacturing and natural resource
* Technological base stable and production becoming automated
* Ontario Looking for skilled human resources
* Most could expect a career to last a lifetime
* Demographic Change: growth rate slowing, aging population ( 1980 median age 32 -- 2011 expected 40)
* Multicultural society, Women 45% of force but making only 2/3 salary
*industrial restructuring, technological innovation, changing skill content of jobs
* assembly line being replaced by multiskilled teams, quality circles
* Labour shortage in some fields and unemployment in others
* Focus on retooling and retraining employees
* Expect multiple careers
Adaptability to change is key. Need for workers who can think critically, communicate well and work with others to solve problems.
Need to provide basic skills for a wide range of underqualified and adjustment training. Need for language training.
Aging population means more expense on health
RESULT TO COLLEGE CURRICULUM
Vision 2000 says emphasis more on general education and generic skills
Cuts in 1970's were to general ed and focus on vocational skills Change in workplace demands strong generic skills: problem solving, critical thinking, literacy, numeracy and computer literacy: Transferable skills to adapt to change
General Education: broad study of subjects and issues central to education for life in our culture. Central in, but not restricted to arts, sciences, literature and humanities, general education encourages students to know and understand themselves, society, institutions and their roles and responsibilities as citizens.
Generic Skills: practical life skills essential for personal and career success: language and communications skills, learning and thinking skills, interpersonal skills, technological literacy. Not job specific, but crucial to changing technologies, environments and jobs. Facility in some generic skills-reading, writing, learning- is a prerequisite for success in college.
Debate on how broad a college education can be.
A skilled worker is needed but need one who can communicate through written oral, interpersonal, and adapt to change in job. Employers want workers who can learn new skills, solve problems communicate clearly. Citizenship important: poverty, environment and societal issues.
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