ERIC Number: ED214557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of a Community College Reentry Program for Women.
Forrest, Joy Davis
In 1980, a study was conducted to determine the characteristics, attitudes, and subsequent experiences of women who had completed the Women's Education Development Incentive (WENDI) re-entry program at Brevard Community College, Florida, in 1977. From the original mailing of 79 questionnaires, 33 usable responses were returned. Two-thirds of the respondents were between the ages of 40 and 60; 40% were unmarried; 27% were divorced; and nearly half were high school graduates. Of the respondents, 82% were working, with 51.8% of these women employed in clerical occupations. As had been hypothesized, women who completed the program reported increased self-confidence, improved family and co-worker relationships, and greater ability to be assertive and make decisions. Unexpectedly, only 39.4% of the respondents had returned to school after completing WENDI. Single heads of households supporting children (27.3% of the respondents) tended to be younger, have less education, and have lower family incomes than the 30.3% of the respondents who were married working women with children. The study revealed needs for: (1) further study of single women heading households; (2) strong encouragement for re-entry women to enter non-traditional occupations which offer higher wages and better benefits; (3) increased efforts to place women in well paying positions offering on-the-job training; and (4) the provision of role models. A review of relevant literature and the questionnaire are included. (Author/HB)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Educational Benefits, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Females, Followup Studies, Individual Characteristics, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Reentry Students, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges, Womens Education
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Brevard Community College FL
Note: M. A. Thesis, Stetson University.