ERIC Number: ED307940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Selected Programs for Adults in Need of Training/Retraining in Postsecondary Occupational Education: Summary Profile.
State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.
In fall 1987, a survey of the Chief Academic Officers at 62 State University of New York, City University of New York, and independent two-year colleges identified 102 programs successfully serving students with special needs. Of these programs, a sample of five designed for adults in need of training/retraining was selected for further study. Follow-up investigations sought to determine such information as the program's source of funding, program staff, college type, program objectives and components, clientele demographics, and characteristics of successful participants. Findings, based on interviews of and written reports by 16 two-year college staff members, included the following: (1) all five of the programs received financial support from both the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act as well as their college, while only two programs received additional funds from outside agencies and/or fees; (2) all of the programs provided counseling, advising, and testing services; (3) 50% of program participants were between 41 and 50 years of age; (4) 62.5% of the participants were enrolled part-time or took an occasional course, while 37.5% were enrolled full-time; (5) the most common reason given for enrolling in credit courses was to "upgrade employability potential"; and (6) characteristics of successful participants included continued job development or financial advancement over time, a personal sense of achievement, self-assurance, and becoming involved in college activities. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Grants Administration.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.