Economic development effectiveness of selected Piedmont Triad community colleges

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Anne R. Hennis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Charles M. Achilles

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of selected community colleges in meeting economic development needs including job training and small business development within the Piedmont Triad area, an economic region in Central North Carolina that includes the counties of Alamance, Caswell, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin. The region contains a major metropolitan area with the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Burlington; and it has a workforce of 690,000 and a total population of 1.2 million people. A panel of experts (n=20) from the Department of Commerce, Department of Community Colleges, and from community colleges in North Carolina selected a sample of three community colleges they believed were most effective in addressing the economic development needs of their communities. Through a multiple-case study method each institution was analyzed in light of its community needs, demographics, impact upon the community, organizational structure, and nontraditional economic development programs. At each site, interviews were conducted with community college staff, a major employer, a chamber of commerce or economic development representative, and a city or county government official.

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Language: English
Date: 1993
Community colleges $z North Carolina
Community and college $x Economic aspects $z North Carolina

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