ERIC Number: ED184651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Occupational Needs Assessment.
In order to determine community needs and preferences with regard to vocational education, the Cerritos Community College District surveyed 1,386 Cerritos College students, 896 students in area adult schools, 126 participants in regional occupational programs, and 258 community residents. A 46-item questionnaire focused on: (1) preferences for method of vocational training, length of time and hours per week in class, and time of day of class; (2) need for upgrading job skills; (3) suggestions for courses; (4) desire for career counseling; (5) interest in self-employment opportunities and non-traditional occupations; and (6) characteristics, including sex; residency; ethnic background; family size and income; economic or educational disadvantagement; handicapped, veteran, and employment status; educational level; and prior vocational training. Selected findings indicated that open-entry/open-exit, self-paced instruction was the most popular instructional mode, followed by on-the-job training, short/intensive training, and credit for experiential learning. Most respondents indicated a preference for evening classes and that they would be willing to spend less than ten hours per week in class. Almost half indicated a need for one or more classes to improve their job skills. In most cases, the classes they wanted were already offered in the district. Over 40% were interested in career counseling and 30% in non-traditional careers. (JP)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Vocational Education, Adults, Age, Career Counseling, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Disabilities, Educational Attainment, Educational Demand, Educational Needs, Employment, Ethnic Groups, Females, Individual Characteristics, Job Training, Males, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Occupations, Occupational Surveys, Scheduling, School Surveys, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Veterans
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cerritos Community Coll., Norwalk, CA.
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