ERIC Number: ED215146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Factors Relating to the Job Placement of Former Postsecondary Vocational-Technical Education Students.
McKinney, Floyd L.; And Others
This study attempted (1) to identify factors relating positively and negatively to job placement of postsecondary vocational-technical education students; (2) to provide detailed descriptions of the education and community processes appearing to influence job placement; and (3) to generate hypotheses concerning variables relating to job placement. Data for the study came from a review of the literature, case studies, and a mail questionnaire received from 2,599 persons in 31 postsecondary institutions. Concerning the postsecondary educational institutions, findings indicated that higher job placement seems to occur in institutions in which (1) personnel and teachers are committed to and enthusiastic about the placement of students in a job related to their training; (2) administrators and teachers are committed to interactions among community, labor, and business organizations in order to support job placement; (3) job placement specialists and counselors serve as the initial sources of information about job openings and provide clearinghouse and support functions; (4) advisory committee input is sought; (5) planning is related to community and state economic development efforts, especially to anticipated labor demand and supply; (6) work experience programs are available; and (7) job placement rates are used as a program evaluation criterion. Higher job placement rates were also found in postsecondary institutions where there is a high demand for labor in the surrounding area; and the medium-sized community is supportive of vocational-technical education. Recommendations for action were made to Congress, the Department of Education, state government agencies, postsecondary institutions, and teacher education institutions. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.