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NET Gain No. 17: Postsecondary Institutions (March 1998)

This installment of "NET Gain" focuses on an important part of the U.S. vocational education system--postsecondary institutions. They are particularly significant as providers of advanced technical training and school-to-work and tech prep participants. Here are several Web sources for information on community colleges and other postsecondary institutions.

League for Innovation in the Community College -- The League is a consortium of community colleges "organized to stimulate innovation and experimentation in all areas of community college development." The LICC's site includes information about the league, its member institutions, programs and publications as well as links to community and technical college web sites and resources.

American Association of Community Colleges -- The AACC is an advocacy organization representing two-year degree granting institutions. Its site provides links to its 1,100 member institutions (organized by state) and provides information on its conferences, publications and programs and services. Selected articles from the association's Community College Times are online, as well as job listings updated bi-weekly. A comprehensive government relations section covers federal legislation and policies that affect community colleges.

Private postsecondary vocational schools -- A directory of private postsecondary vocational schools is maintained by RWM. The directory is organized by state and training fields--for example, aircraft, automotive or business.

Center for Occupational Research and Development -- The CORD site pages on postsecondary and adult education area have information about CORD programs and networks relating to community colleges and area technical centers.

National Council for Occupational Education -- NCOE is an affiliate council of the AACC. Its membership includes occupational, vocational, technical and career educators, economic development professionals, business, labor, military and government representatives. The site has information on the NCOE and its national conference and a page of links to related Web sites.

National Center for Research in Vocational Education -- NCRVE has published about 65 items dealing with postsecondary issues. Browse abstracts, especially the postsecondary mini-catalog category. Full text versions of some of these postsecondary publications also are available through the Web site.

This "NET Gain" was compiled by David Carlson and Peter Seidman (NCRVE, University of California at Berkeley). An online archive of "NET Gain" columns is available on the NCRVE World Wide Web server ( Readers are encouraged to let the authors know about any changes in the resources listed, as well as about others they find useful.

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