ERIC Number: ED174069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
The Industrial Cooperative Education Program at Macomb County Community College. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Breen, Edward F.; Freeman, Nancy S.
The strengths and weaknesses of industrial cooperative education at Macomb County Community College in Michigan are discussed. A survey was conducted of 481 students who participated in the cooperative program during the years 1970 through 1975. A sample of 731 other students who took some of the same courses during that time was also surveyed. Data were also collected from employers who knew students from both programs. Fifty-one percent of the former students and 44 percent of the employers responded. Their responses were analyzed with the use of tests of significance and descriptive statistics. Cooperative program students were more likely to complete their studies, secure full-time program-related jobs, and to be rated by their employers as efficient. The results confirm the belief of the program administrators and staff that industrial cooperative education at the college has been successful. Recruiting students and employers for the program has become easier. It is also suggested that the success of the program has helped the college acquire and maintain grants. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: College Students, Community Colleges, Conference Reports, Cooperative Programs, Educational Quality, Employer Employee Relationship, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Industrial Training, Job Placement, Program Descriptions, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Student Employment, Surveys, Technical Education, Vocational Education, Work Experience, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979; Macomb County Community College MI
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)