ERIC Number: ED184595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Engineering Technologies Program Evaluation.
Isbell, F. Travis; Jonas, Stephen
A survey of companies employing graduates of Lorain County Community Colleges's (LCCC's) Engineering Technologies programs was conducted to determine: (1) skills or technical areas that needed strengthening; (2) additional skills or knowledge needed by LCCC graduates; (3) employer attitudes toward LCCC placement practices; (4) attitudes toward the associate degree; (5) expectations of LCCC graduates; (6) evaluation of graduates in the areas of dependability, work attitude, performance, communication with superiors, and abilities to get along with co-workers, assume additional responsibilities, learn new tasks, and accept and follow instructions. Of the 485 individuals who earned an associate degree in an Engineering Technologies program between 1964 and 1975, 223 provided information on their employers and supervisors. Survey instruments were then mailed to the 122 identified firms; 29 personnel officers and 65 immediate supervisors responded. Survey results indicated that while supervisors rated the overall job performance of LCCC graduates as adequate or more than adequate, a need for improvement was cited in the areas of drafting, electronics, mathematics, writing skills, and problem-solving. Personnel officers felt that LCCC should furnish transcripts for each graduate and exercise greater caution in matching graduates with job openings. The survey instrument and employer responses are included in the study report. (JP)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Job Performance, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Occupational Surveys, Personnel Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lorain County Community Coll., Elyria, OH.