ERIC Number: ED208921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Follow-Up Study of Career/Technical Students from the British Columbia Community Colleges and Institutes: Summary Report. Report No. 5-04-857.
Dennison, John D.; And Others
In Fall 1980, a follow-up survey was conducted of students who had graduated, withdrawn from or otherwise left career/technical programs at British Columbia's 14 community colleges and institute of technology. The study sought to determine: (1) why students undertook career/technical programs; (2) if and for what reasons students failed to complete their programs; (3) employment information on program leavers; (4) where and how soon after leaving the colleges students were employed; (5) reactions of students to selected characteristics of post-secondary education; and (6) students' future educational goals. Of the 11,456 students who were surveyed, 57% responded. The study revealed that adult and college-age students cited acquisition of vocational skills as their major objective in enrolling. Family obligations, completion of objectives, change of career goals or disillusionment with their program were the primary reasons for discontinuance. Of the employed students, 75% held jobs related to their training. Males and females differed in their employment status (i.e., more males held full-time jobs), in earning power (i.e., women more frequently earned less than $1,500 per month), and in type of occupation (i.e., males dominated in engineering, sales, and product fabricating, while females dominated in health-related and clerical jobs). The study report discusses findings in terms of geographic decentralization, equity, and program quality. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Academic Council of British Columbia, Victoria.
Authoring Institution: B. C. Research, Vancouver (British Columbia).
Identifiers - Location: Canada