Clearly, technology and the information age that it spawned are changing the nature of adult learning. Professionals whose knowledge becomes outdated in a few short years, diesel mechanics who must now master sophisticated electronic diagnostic systems, child care providers who must learn new ways to care for children with diverse needs--all must be able to function in a fast-changing society and this necessitates continued learning.
Technology is not only making learning mandatory, it is providing many of the mechanisms for it to occur. Computer-assisted instruction (CAI), teleconferencing, interactive videodisc, and so on are expanding the possibilities of meeting the growing learning needs of adults.
Specific course offerings at the Tennessee Technology Center at Paris are based primarily upon the needs and employment opportunities in the surrounding counties.
The total program is planned to provide the type of training that leads directly to employment, or that assists the employed worker to improve skills and increase technical knowledge.
The Center fulfills the objectives by providing training in the following types of programs:
Full-Time Preparatory programs are designed to prepare persons for employment in specific or closely related occupations. These programs are offered on a six-hour per day basis. The length of training ranges from one quarter to six quarters depending upon the entrance requirements of the occupation.
Part-Time Preparatory programs are also designed to prepare persons for employment in specific or closely related occupations. The length of training will range from a few weeks to five years depending upon the entrance requirements of the occupation.
Supplemental programs are designed to improve or upgrade skills and increase technical knowledge necessary for present employment or to acquire new skills and knowledge for a higher level of employment. The length of the course will be determined by the specific needs of the members of the class. Time and frequency of meetings are arranged according to the convenience of the group for which the class is organized.
Special Industry, "FLEX" and Public Service programs are offered to business and industry. These classes can be conducted in the school or place of employment of the class members. Specialized and intensified courses to meet specific requirements of industry may be offered when the need arises, such as the "Flex" schedule.