A qualitative study of a rural community college workforce
Across the United States, partnerships have formed between business and industry and rural community college workforce development customize training programs to meet the demands of the 21st century labor market. For many business and industry managers, a partnership has become a necessary means to train the unskilled as well as update skills required for the current workforce. This research study examined the business and industry manager's perceptions of their partnership with the Wallace State Community College workforce development customize training program. Qualitative methods were used to gather and analyze data obtained from semi-structured interviews. Katz and Kahn's Open System Theory, which stressed the environmental influence on an organizations survival, provided the theoretical framework for this research. The results of this study revealed the necessity of a fruitful partnership for the maintenance and growth of a business or industry. Moreover, partnership strengths and weaknesses between business and industry managers and the Wallace State Community College workforce development customized training program were indicated in this research. The results of this study may set a benchmark for current and future workforce development customize training programs with their partnerships with business and industry by providing information of the strengths and weakness of a partnership.