ERIC Number: ED317748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Vocational Program Graduates of 1984 in North Dakota. Special Report.
North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research.
An assessment was made of the impact of vocational education in North Dakota by surveying 1984 vocational graduates concerning how their vocational training affected their employability, whether they were employed in their area of training, and how they would evaluate their vocational experiences. Data were collected through a mail survey of 800 graduates, with a usable return of 486 (61 percent). Results were reported for respondents who have participated as follows: (1) in a high school vocational program; (2) a vocational center program; (3) a college program; (4) only in a high school program; and (5) by males and females across the three areas of education. Results included the following: (1) 46 percent of the female high school and vocational center graduates and 64 percent of the college graduates were employed full time, whereas 42 percent of the high school graduates, 43 percent of the vocational center graduates, and 25 percent of the college graduates are employed part time, and most of the male respondents are employed full time; (2) the first jobs of 42 percent of the female high school graduates, 71 percent of the vocational center graduates, and 69 percent of the college graduates were in a field related to their training, and a majority of male respondents also had training-related jobs; (3) average beginning wages for female high school graduates were $4.03 per hour, for vocational center graduates, $4.60 per hour, and for college graduates, $4.98 per hour, and for males the wages were $5.57, $6.13, and $6.77 per hour; and (4) a majority of respondents agreed that their vocational program helped them to obtain and advance in their jobs and helped them with basic skills. (A 40-page project report is followed by 127 pages of appendices including statistical summaries of responses and respondents' comments on open-ended questions.) (KC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Demography, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Females, High School Graduates, High Schools, Males, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Vocational Schools, Vocational Training Centers, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Dakota State Council on Vocational Education, Bismarck.
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research.
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota