Today's global business environment is fast-paced and rapidly changing. Each year, it becomes increasingly more
difficult for employers to undertake the training of new entrants into the work place. The parallel growth
in the use of sophisticated technologies has complicated this situation.
At the same time, businesses and their customers throughout
the world have become more sophisticated, more knowledgeable, and more demanding
than at any previous time in history.
Educational institutions have a higher obligation than
just training people to perform specific jobs. All of us who are involved
in career education must also help learners understand social, organizational,
and technological systems; allocate resources; make effective decisions;
apply technology to specific tasks; and work, communicate, and interact with
people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Teachers, students, and employers must work together
to achieve a commitment to lifelong learning and the dedication to the highest
standards of integrity, service, and professionalism . . . not only in the
workplace, but in all aspects of personal endeavor.
Dr. Dennis L. Foster