ERIC Number: ED160829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Female Access to Careers in Engineering Technology. Exemplary Project in Vocational Education Conducted under Section 132 of Public Law 94-482. Final Report.
Caughman, Alison Y.
Reacting to a demand for female engineering technicians in Charleston (South Carolina) area industries, Trident Technical College conducted a project to encourage women to study engineering technology, to provide female technicians to local industries, to establish close working ties between the college and local high schools, and to provide for a permanent emphasis on nontraditional careers for women at the college. The project consisted of a public awareness campaign, specialized recruiting and testing, a summer quarter of special pre-engineering technology and mathematics courses for a selected group of high school women, and an orientation of the engineering technology faculty to the special problems and potentials of women students. During the project year female enrollment in the engineering technologies rose from six percent to thirteen percent of the total enrollment. Seventy-four women were enrolled in the spring 1978 quarter, representing an increase of ninety-five percent over the enrollment of thirty-eight women in the spring 1977 quarter. Preliminary evaluation indicated that all objectives were being or would be met. It was concluded that there are a large number of women in high school and already graduated who are willing and able to embark on careers in engineering technology and who could benefit by being introduced to careers normally considered nontraditional for females. (Appendixes include examples of publicity about the project, student and faculty evaluations, activity schedules, and lists of speakers.) (LMS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Trident Technical Coll., Charleston, SC.