ERIC Number: ED305962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Occupational/Technical Programs at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Research Report No. 3-89.
Head, Ronald B.
A study was conducted at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) to examine occupational/technical programs with respect to student enrollment, program completion, and occupational opportunities for graduates. Study findings included the following: (1) during any particular academic term, occupational/technical students constituted approximately one-third of all curricular students and full-time equivalents at PVCC; however, they made up nearly two-thirds of all PVCC graduates; (2) in 1988, nearly one-third of the occupational/technical students were enrolled in the Business and Management program, with the next largest programs being Nursing and Computer Information Systems; (3) five of the college's nine Associate in Applied Science degree programs fulfilled the state standard of at least seven graduates per year, with the Nursing program producing an average of 41 per year; and (4) generally, the growth rates and job opportunities in occupations for which PVCC provides occupational/technical training were quite high, though the Respiratory Therapy program appeared to graduate more students than there were available jobs. Based on study findings, recommendations were developed for improving data gathering, assessing community needs, and re-examining the academic review process. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.