ERIC Number: ED395168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-15
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding Horizons: A Program for Students Entering Nontraditional Technical Occupations. PY95 Final Detailed Report.
Austin Community Coll., TX.
The Expanding Horizons Project at Austin Community College successfully achieved its goals for Project Year 1994-95. During the year, the project accomplished the following: raised public awareness of the need to overcome gender bias, promoted career opportunities in nontraditional technical occupations to more than 1,200 prospective students, collaborated with more than 12 business and community organizations to promote nontraditional careers, effectively retained students in nontraditional majors through training and support services, and supported job search efforts in nontraditional occupations. The project provided support services to 165 students enrolled in majors leading to nontraditional occupations with 15 of these receiving financial assistance to defray the cost of dependent care, textbooks, tools, equipment, and supplies. For the 14 students who received financial assistance from the project during fall and spring semesters, the average earned grade point average was 3.2 and 93 percent were retained through spring or summer. The project also provided nontraditional career planning or information for 381 enrolled students who were prospective nontraditional majors. Individualized job search assistance was offered to graduating participants. Recommendations were made to place more emphasis on recruitment activities with single parents in the next year of the project. Recommendations also were made for multiyear funding of the project in order to improve the success rate in achieving the purpose of Perkins equity funding. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Austin Community Coll., TX.
Identifiers: Austin Community College TX