ERIC Number: ED381204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Comparative Success in Recruiting Women into Non-Traditional Occupations: A Greater El Paso Analysis.
Mackey, Wade C.
A study was conducted at El Paso Community College (EPCC) to assess the relative ease of access of women to postsecondary education curricula and institutions which train individuals for occupations which have traditionally been performed by men. The study focused on evidence of a lack of gender equality in selected occupations; the characteristics of two- and four-year college students and graduates; the characteristics of two-year vocational degree students and graduates; and the effectiveness of programs to increase the numbers and proportions of women in non-traditional careers. Study findings included the following: (1) high school graduates with the most social and economic resources attend and graduate from four-year, rather than two-year, colleges; (2) nearly 75% of the high-resource high school graduates who went directly to a four-year college graduated within 6 years, while only 33% of the high school graduates who entered a two-year college graduated within 4 years; (3) about half the students in two-year colleges enroll in vocational curricula, with less than half of the entering students graduating; (4) over half of the males who enter a vocational-technical program graduate with an associate's degree within 4 years, though only 13% of the women students finish such a vocational-technical program; and (5) EPCC Women in Technology (WIT) demographics reflect national trends, with women representing the majority of the study body (62%), but a minority of the graduates (47%) and a small minority of those taking vocational-technical courses (15%) and graduating with vocational-technical degrees (11%). (Contains 19 references.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: El Paso Community College TX