ERIC Number: ED280515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Employer Follow-Up, Spring 1986. Research Report 3.
Montemayor, J. Joaquin; And Others
A study was conducted by Mesa (Arizona) Community College (MCC) to obtain and analyze information from employers of former MCC students regarding the performance, skills, and attitudes of former students; job outlook; assessment of MCC training; and source of hiring. Study findings included the following: (1) employers gave the highest ratings to occupational students' willingness to learn, work attitude, and compliance with employers' policies, and the lowest ratings to problem-solving skills, communication skills, and mathematics skills; (2) for academic students, the highest ratings were given to work attendance, accepting responsibility, and work attitude, while the lowest ratings were given to problem-solving skills, organizational ability, mathematics skills, and technical knowledge; (3) employers gave higher ratings to the training received by occupational students than that received by academic students; (4) overall, employers rated the future job outlook in their field the same as the current job outlook; (5) 85% of the employers who felt that they had a basis for comparison indicated that MCC graduates were better prepared than employees of the same work group without such training; (6) 65% indicated that MCC training had added to the student's potential for job placement or job advancement; and (7) 67% indicated that the source of hiring was the student's own initiative. Uses for the study data are recommended. (LAL)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Personnel Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mesa Community Coll., AZ. Office of Research and Development.