Learning Institution Changes Approach to Suit Economical Demands
Recently, tech giant, Infosys announced that they planned to establish an innovation hub in Providence. In the announcement, the firm’s president said that their decision to have the technical training center in Rhode Island was primarily influenced by the availability of numerous higher learning institutions in the area. Some of the schools in reference include the Community College of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Currently, there exists a considerable difference between colleges that offer two-year and four-year courses. This difference, however, is opinion based and the society tends to look down on institutions that offer two-year courses. They consider them as incomplete and incapable of producing people who can cope with the current technology-based job market. This is the reason why the colleges that offer two-year courses are considered as institutions of training the below average students. The primary reason that fuels this opinion is because these institution offer courses that are deemed unfit for the current creative economy.
The community college of Rhode Island is committed to changing the societal opinion concerning two-year colleges. The institution is the largest two-year college in New England and has a massive population of 15,000 students. The school is aware of the stigma that the students face from the society as they are considered as failures who are just desperate to get through an education system with little emphasis on the effect.
The institution has a new approach that is spearheaded by the new head, Meghan Hughes. This approach seeks to review the current courses that are offered and align them with the expectations of the job market. This will ensure that the graduates of the two-year college have a place in the job market.