Training the Rural Workforce: Essential Skills Applications for Rural Economic Development and Sustainability (2004)

In this paper, we address the issue of accessible essential skills training for the rural workforce. As such, we apply the Rural Lens (a strategic tool identified by the Canadian Rural Partnership) to essential skills practices in order to create a model for innovative essential skills applications that work within a rural framework. Using these ideas, we will demonstrate the need for programming that uses a rural-specific approach to develop and sustain a skilled rural workforce. We will also demonstrate that this type of training results in a sustainable, skilled workforce that in turn results in macroeconomic development for rural areas.

We are part of an educational team that works at the Taber Campus of the Lethbridge Community College (LCC). In recent years, budget cuts threatened program closure. Looking for sustainability, we called upon students, colleagues and other community stakeholders to help find a solution. These stakeholders took action, and demonstrated that it was important to keep educational opportunities alive in our community. We then sought ways to revitalize our campus. Thus began our search for an appropriate model for rural training.

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2006-07-28
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Connie Gross and Suzanne Koersen. Training the Rural Workforce: Essential Skills Applications for Rural Economic Development and Sustainability 2004. Web. 28 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/trainr/trainrur.pdf>
Connie Gross & Suzanne Koersen (2004). Training the Rural Workforce: Essential Skills Applications for Rural Economic Development and Sustainability. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/trainr/trainrur.pdf
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