ERIC Number: ED351520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Analysis of High School Graduates in West-Central Pennsylvania Schools Served by the Clearfield County Vocational Technical School for the Years 1983, 1986, and 1989. Final Report.
Clearfield County Vocational Technical School, Clearfield, PA.
An analysis compared the high school and post-high school experiences and opinions of students from the classes of 1983, 1986, and 1989 in a five-district area served by one area vocational-technical school (AVTS) in rural west-central Pennsylvania. Responses were examined overall and a comparison made by graduation year secondary program of study: academic, general, area vocational-technical school, and high school vocational. A survey questionnaire was mailed to all 2,490 graduates; 34 percent were returned. Findings were as follows: only the academic area increased in enrollment; enrollment in the academic and AVTS areas reversed, with the AVTS enrollment plummeting 40 percent; students evidenced a strong degree of satisfaction with the education received; students evidenced little overall mobility, with over 66 percent continuing to reside in the same district; individual student curriculum was a poor predictor of postsecondary employment status; the majority selected four-year colleges as their program of choice; the majority entering postsecondary education tended to remain with their program; employer-operated, formal on-the-job training of new employees affected only 17.88 percent; the majority of those working were satisfied with employment; and 60.86 percent felt their school programs were "not related" to their occupations. A need for job placement activities was identified. (The 28-page narrative is followed by 54 charts and 45 graphs that illustrate survey findings.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Job Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Regional Schools, Student Educational Objectives, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Clearfield County Vocational Technical School, Clearfield, PA.
Identifiers: Clearfield County Voc Tech School PA; Pennsylvania (West Central)