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ERIC Number: ED238463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Industrial Maintenance Program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.
Pipes, V. David
In 1982-83, a study was conducted at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to determine whether the objectives of the Industrial Maintenance Program were being met, to measure program success, and to identify aspects needing improvement. Surveys were sent to 30 students who graduated from the program before 1978, yielding a 57% response rate; 57 recent graduates, yielding a 38% response rate; 50 students who left the program before graduation, yielding a 28% response rate; 46 employers of program graduates, yielding a 20% response rate; 11 advisory committee members, yielding a 9% response rate; and both program instructors and the department chair, yielding a 100% response rate. Study results included the following: (1) 76% of all graduates rated instructional quality in the program as good or excellent; (2) 79% of the graduates indicated they would choose the program again; (3) 59% of all graduates had been employed in industrial maintenance; (4) 28% of the early leavers were employed in training-related jobs; (5) 65% of all graduates and early leavers said their training was useful in their present job; and (6) 78% of the employers predicted an increased demand for working in the industrial maintenance field. The study revealed a need for improved instruction in refrigeration, air conditioning, hydraulic and pneumatic troubleshooting, lubrication and maintenance application; more emphasis on electronics, computer use, and business principles; and more practical experience. The questionnaires and survey data are appended. (Author/LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Caldwell Community Coll. and Technical Inst., Hudson, NC.