Before examining the human capital present in East Whiteland, Pa, I believe it is important to define what human capital actually is. Harrison and Weiss define human capital as “Constellation of activities from orientation to the work world, recruiting, placement, and mentoring to follow-up counseling and crisis intervention (Harrison & Weiss,1998, in Green & Haines, 2012).” Human capital is most commonly referring to the community’s work force. Therefore, community programs that look to improving a community’s human capital generally aim to improving of the community’s workforce.
East Whiteland is very fortunate in the fact that it has well developed human capital. This has proved very well for the community. From data collected by American Fact finder, it was found that 53.1% of people from East Whiteland have received a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to a national average of only 29.3%(American Fact Finder,2016). East Whiteland has a well-educated workforce that has proved attractive to employers. Even though East Whiteland’s work force is well educated, there is still plenty of ways it is trying to improve its human capital. For example, technical schools and night classes in things such as interview skills, or classes on creating a resume. This gives opportunity for those with an alternative path or who want to increase their skills to become more attractive in the job market.
An example of a program that is improving the human capital in East Whiteland is the Technical college at Pickering. The Technical college provides classes on many different technical skills that may not be taught in a typical high school or college classroom. They have programs in electronics, carpentry, and even in things like criminal justice and the culinary arts (TC, 2016). This provides people the opportunity to help better prepare themselves for entering the workforce and therefore helps better the communities human capital.
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