ERIC Number: ED161493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-14
Reference Count: 0
An Appraisal of the Industrial Cooperative Education Program Based on Responses from Students and Employers.
Breen, Edward F.; Freeman, Nancy
The objective of this study was to appraise Macomb County Community College's (MCCC) industrial cooperative education program. Students enrolled in design and mechanical technology from 1970 to 1975, who either participated in the co-op program (N=252) or did not (N=274), and their employers (N=45) responded to the questionnaires. Information was gathered in the following areas: current job status; salary; method of obtaining employment; work experience previous to college training; reasons for attending MCCC; education since leaving MCCC; four-year college attended; rating of the educational program and of the cooperative education experience; and suggestions and comments. Results showed that 65% of the co-op respondents were employed in program-related full-time jobs. The co-op group was more likely to use college services when seeking employment. Only 3.57% of the co-op group was unemployed as compared to 6.5% of the non co-op group. Sixty-seven percent of the co-op group graduated from MCCC as compared to 39% of the non co-op group. Non co-op group respondents reported earning higher salaries. The employers who responded indicated a favorable rating of the employees trained at MCCC and they perceived those with co-op experience as more efficient and able to learn more quickly. Respondent comments, the survey instruments, and a bibliography are appended. (MB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Employer Attitudes, Employment, Followup Studies, Income, Occupational Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Relevance (Education), Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.
Note: The second printing of a document originally dated October 14, 1977