Worldwide Community College Links Employees to Training

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This is the Age of Transformationof continual reengineering, restructuring and reinventing our organizations and ourselves-with growing needs for information access and better communications. To succeed, we must remain current in technology, commerce and global activities. Education is a necessity and we're increasingly turning to the information superhighway (the "Net") as an interactive learning tool. It's a new paradigm, impacting our business and industry partners, government, education and the world in which we live.

World Community College is born, To benefit from the enormous power of this new medium, the World Community Collage (WCC) was created. It's an educational process that's inclusive and relevant, and affirms two roles of our colleges: meeting the traditional educational needs of our communities, local businesses and civic organizations, and linking ourselves with the world at large.

The college of the future must be both a "community" college and a "world" collage, developing a network to share information among contacts and partners wherever they're located. To be effective, these world community colleges must link with others having similar goals and values. And they must provide services to one another and to the communities they services. WCC is now on the network of international telecomputing services making campus education available to students, faculty, businesses and institutions of all kinds.

Who's included? Any college can become a world community college by adopting the interactive approaches that characterize online work - linking themselves to the world. WCC is an idea that grew from early distance-learning concepts to using the technology now available to citizens worldwide.

WCC is a consortium of colleges that offers the spectrum of educational programs and services online through a virtual campus. Using computers and telephones, WCC brings the college campus to the student, wherever he or she is working at work, at home or on a laptopanywhere in the world.

The virtual campus provides all the services of a "real" campus: classrooms, library, student services, financial aid, faculty offices, lecture halls, lounges-using books, tapes, computers, CD-ROMs, video, graphics and the worldwide telephone network, without needing to occupy a physical building or space. In this way, employees no longer need to travel. The school comes to them wherever they are. WCC has turned to technologyrather than brick and mortar - to reinvent the college setting.

To develop this concept, the Cornmunity Colleges for International Development (CCID) embarked on a joint venture with the Electronic University Network (EUN) to make WCC a reality. CCID (founded in 1976) is a consortium of 70 North American community, technical and junior colleges to provide economic and HR development through international post-secondary education. …