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Why Does Polk County Have a Community College?
Nelson, Hershel H.
This study was conducted to assess the community's awareness of Polk Community College (PCC) and its function, using a random sampling of people from Winter Haven, Florida and the surrounding area served by the college. Approximately one-third of those interviewed were students; the remaining were a rather even distribution of housewives, skilled and semiskilled laborers, teachers, and other professionals. Each person was asked to give personal data and his opinion of why Polk Community College exists. Of the 198 people surveyed, 149 had either direct or indirect contact with the college. While most people did not understand the full function of PCC, its community services function was mentioned most often. The further people were removed from direct contact with the college or the field of education, the less likely they were to understand the function. The better educated interviewees tended to identify transfer programs as the major function. The study suggests that more should be spent on public relations and public information to make the community aware of the services and opportunities the college offers. The college must be made more visible in the press and through speaking engagements for community groups. The survey instrument and tabulated results are appended. (MJK)
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Note: Practicum presented to Nova University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Education degree