ERIC Number: ED181990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Employer Follow-Up, 1978. Research Report Number 20.
Nespoli, Lawrence A.; Nair, P. C.
An employer follow-up study was conducted by Howard Community College (HCC) in May, 1979, to determine the job performance of the HCC 1978 occupational program graduates. Only the employers of occupational graduates in full-time jobs related to their program of study were involved. These employers were asked, on a specially prepared questionnaire, to state opinions on the educational requirements of the jobs held by HCC graduates, the adequacy of the job preparation of the graduates, and the quality of their vocational training. Of the 34 questionnaires mailed, 32 were returned. Major findings indicate that almost half (46.7%) of the jobs held by the graduates required an associate degree, and that the associate degree was preferred for another 23% of the jobs. Over 89% of the employers indicated that the college's preparation of graduates for the performance of job skills was adequate or more than adequate, while 100% gave the same ratings to the ability of the graduates to learn new techniques and effectively communicate with superiors. A majority of the employers (81%) rated the overall vocational training of the graduates as good or very good, and 100% indicated that they would hire another HCC graduate. Data tables are provided throughout the document comparing the survey results with statewide findings from the other Maryland Community Colleges. (JP)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills, Job Training, Occupational Surveys, Personnel Evaluation, Questionnaires, State Surveys, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD.