PDF pending restoration
ERIC Number: ED143402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-up Study of Non-Continuing Students Enrolled in 1975-76 in Secretarial Science, Administration of Justice, or Electronics Curricula. Research Study #77-10.
Gold, Ben K.; Wunsch, Dan
Los Angeles City College program completors, non-completors who left with "marketable skills", and non-completors were the focus of this follow-up study. A sample of 625 students who were enrolled for at least one semester in 1975-76, but not in fall l977, were identified in the programs of secretarial science, administration of justice, and electronics. Of the 269 respondents, 54.6% were female, 45.4% were male, with 59.1% between ages 21 and 31. Program completors comprised 47.6% of the sample, the marketable skills group, 18.2%, and non-completors, 34.2%. Work characteristics included 66.9% employed full-time, 10.9% working part-time, 38.8% in jobs not related to their college training, 73.5% employed before attending LACC at a level lower or equal to their present job, with 55.3% obtaining their jobs before leaving college. The median rate of pay was over $6.50 per hour for electronics majors, about $5.50 for administration of justice majors, and $4.50 for secretarial science students. Asked about objectives, 30.2% intended to pursue a bachelor's degree, 57.7% had attended LACC for acquiring or improving job skills, and only 16.7% had completed their objectives. The main reasons for not continuing were given as personal (29.8%), graduated or certified (20.8%), and financial (12.5%). Course content and classroom instruction were rated high, but career information and program planning showed need for improvement. (RT)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Educational Objectives, Electronic Technicians, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Law Enforcement, Salaries, Secretaries, Student Motivation, Technical Education, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.