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ERIC Number: ED311263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Follow-up Study of the 1988 Graduates of Postsecondary Vocational Programs in Montana.
Northern Montana Coll., Havre. Montana Center for Vocational Education, Research, Curriculum and Personnel Development.
A follow-up study was conducted of the 1988 graduates of vocational-technical centers, three community colleges, and Northern Montana College. Data were gathered through a survey form mailed to 714 graduates (from a sample of 1,258), yielding 300 responses (43 percent). Approximately 33 percent of the respondents received a degree in technical studies or business, 16 percent in health, 13 percent in general studies, and 6 percent in agricultural program areas. Some of the findings of the study were as follows: (1) more than one-third of the graduates intend to pursue more education, and about half were undecided; (2) almost three-fourths of the graduates indicated that their completed coursework was good to excellent in meeting their continuing education needs; (3) 87 percent of the respondents considered their coursework to be of immediate or long-term direct benefit to their career plans; (4) graduates rated ancillary services highly, except placement services, which may have suffered by comparison because of the sluggish economy; and (5) graduates related a high level of satisfaction with the usefulness of the programs and training received for performing their present jobs. The study recommended that annual follow-up studies be conducted in order to ensure that Montana's postsecondary vocational-technical education programs continue to be relevant to student needs and the job market. An addendum supplementing this follow-up study is attached. It contains two tables which relate the employment status of the graduates and reported salary by programs completed. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Montana State Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Helena.
Authoring Institution: Northern Montana Coll., Havre. Montana Center for Vocational Education, Research, Curriculum and Personnel Development.
Identifiers - Location: Montana