ERIC Number: ED211136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
A Survey of Non-Returning Vocational Students: SAM Follow-Up 1979-80.
A follow-up study was conducted at Cerritos College (CC) to determine the employment characteristics of vocational program completers, the usefulness of course work to the skills and knowledge needed on the job, and the improvements needed in course work. Study findings, based on responses from 537 program completers, or 46% of the sample, include the following: (1) 58% of the respondents were female; (2) 63% of the sample were "achievers," i.e., had completed at least one advanced-level vocational course, but had not received a degree or certificate; (3) 81% of the former students were employed, with 68% working full-time and 12% working part-time; (4) 26% were attending another college and 58% indicated their intention to return to school; (5) 27% felt that their course work had helped them get their present job and 23% advanced in jobs due to course work; (6) 60% of the graduates and 48% of the achievers rated their preparation for continuing their education highly; (7) compared to females, male respondents were more likely to be employed or seeking employment, employed full-time, and attending or planning to attend college; and (8) compared to achievers, graduates were more likely to be employed and working in new jobs related to their education, to give higher ratings of their preparation, and to be attending school. The study report details findings, provides comparisons with previous studies, and is appended by raw data, student comments, and the questionnaire. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA.