Educational Partnerships: Taking Care of Industry
Blackburn, Larry, Vocational Education Journal
A program's success often is measured by the number of graduates placed in the workforce who satisfy industry. The drafting and design program at East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi, is considered to be extremely successful at working closely with industry to supply the quality of training that individuals need.
This program is located in rural Mississippi. Historically, it has placed almost all of its graduates. The college gets more applicant requests from industry than it can fill. It is especially impressive considering there are less than 15 industries in the college's district that have drafting departments, and each employs East Central graduates.
Two of the key reasons for this program's success are the program's instructors. Ricky Harrison and Polly Mayes are both graduates of the program and have industry experience. They have valuable insight from two viewpoints. Their genuine interests in ensuring the high quality of the program has led them to develop a positive relationship with industry. This relationship has inspired industry to raise starting salaries for program graduates.
Harrison and Mayes continually strive to implement new ideas and document the success of the drafting program. …