ERIC Number: ED241691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
1976-80 Career Follow-Up of Secondary Vocational Completers in Pennsylvania.
Lewis, James P.; Burrows, Robert T.
This study was conducted to provide information on the educational and employment status of 1976-1980 vocational program completers in Pennsylvania. Results were based on a 59 percent return (2,669 persons) from selected area vocational-technical schools. The data were collected by mail from October 1982 to January 1983. Some of the findings were the following: (1) the unemployment rate for vocational completers was about one-fourth less than the rate for similar age group persons in the state in 1982; (2) about 25 percent of the completers are enrolled or have taken postsecondary training; about half of the training was related to the secondary vocational field of study; (3) most completers were employed close to where they were trained; (4) more than three-fourths of completers employed in their field of training felt their high school vocational programs gave them good to excellent preparation for their current jobs; (5) more than half of the completers were employed in jobs related to their fields of study and one-half of those who are employed in nonrelated jobs held a job in their field at one time; (6) high rates of placement in fields of study were related to extensive on-the-job training and apprenticeship opportunities; and (7) male vocational completers earn about $4,000 more per year than female completers. Graduates recommended strongly that high school programs be strengthened to include more practical job training, better job placement, more cooperative programs, and better counseling before course selection. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Employment Experience, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Job Placement, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.