ERIC Number: ED226178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Nuclear Power Skill Related Training Program for Job Corps Students.
Kitabchi, Gloria; Petry, John R.
An evaluation of the Nuclear Skill Related Training Program at Memphis State University was conducted to identify possible motivational and attitudinal variables that may contribute to the retention-attrition rates of Job Corps students (40 percent) admitted to the program compared to non-Job Corps students who are migrant workers (2 percent). The program consists of 26 weeks of intensive training on a daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. basis. A questionnaire was developed to determine personal and motivational attitudes of the 11 currently enrolled students related to the administration and content of the Nuclear Studies Program, and short personal interviews were also conducted with these students. Data gathered in the survey indicated that the students are somewhat pleased with the program, have a strong commitment to the program, and feel that academic problems would be their major reason for dropping out if they did so. Most changes suggested by students involved the instructional area, especially in relation to the professors/instructors, modules, and the practicality of course control. Another group of suggestions was about student personnel staff. In order to strengthen retention of students in the program, the study recommended that enlistment personnel in Job Corps centers be more specific about program content, difficulty, and the probability of jobs after graduation. It also recommended that the program offer more remedial services and that instructors be more available for consultations and be more practical in class. (KC)
Descriptors: Attrition (Research Studies), Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Educational Needs, Employment Programs, Energy Occupations, Federal Programs, Job Training, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power Plant Technicians, Nuclear Technology, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Teacher Attitudes, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Job Corps
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (11th, New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1982).