ERIC Number: ED337644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Follow Up Study of Greene County High School Graduates from 1982, 1985 and 1988. Final Report.
Bangs, Ralph; And Others
A study analyzed the high school, higher education, and employment experience of high school graduates by curriculum type in order to determine how the Greene County Vocational Technical School (Pennsylvania) might better address the education and career interests of high school students and the skill requirements of employers. Transcript data were collected on 1,534 graduates of Greene County high schools from the years 1982, 1985, and 1988. A 50 percent sample (763) was randomly selected by year, and 376 graduates (49 percent of the sample) were interviewed by telephone. In addition, 165 employers in Greene County were interviewed by telephone. Some results and conclusions of the study were as follows: (1) general curriculum graduates do poorly after high school compared to other graduates on several indicators, such as dropping out of postsecondary education, having lower job satisfaction, and earnings; (2) women high school graduates do poorly compared to male graduates after high school; (3) vocational education graduates do well compared to other graduates in finding full-time jobs, remaining in their jobs, and earning higher wages; and (4) possible areas of improvement for the vocational education program identified were increasing the percentage of graduates who pursue higher education and providing placement services for graduates. Continual follow-up of graduates was recommended to help keep the vocational program current. (Twenty tables of research results and the questionnaires used are included in the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Greene County Vocational-Technical School, Waynesburg, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Greene County)