ERIC Number: ED345793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Welding and Fabricating Technology Program Needs Assessment.
Oakland Community Coll., Farmington, MI. Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis.
In 1992, Oakland Community College (OCC) conducted a needs assessment study to assist in reviewing and evaluating proposed changes to the college's existing Welding and Fabricating Program. A literature review was undertaken, examining industry forecasts, related programs at other institutions of higher education, and data supplied by the U.S. Department of Labor, Michigan Occupational Information System (MOIS), and the Michigan Employment Security Commission. In addition, phone surveys of local welding industry employers (n=39) and of students enrolled in OCC welding courses in fall 1991 and winter 1992 (n=28, a 63% response) were conducted. Highlighted findings included the following: (1) the welding industry was predicted to grow by 6% per year over the next 6 years; (2) 58% of employers surveyed rated welding as a good or excellent field to enter; (3) 85% of employers indicated that they were not currently hiring entry-level personnel; (4) future employment in welding was predicted to decline overall; (5) the preferred credential for employment among employers surveyed was prior work experience (36%), while 5% required an associate degree, and an additional 5% required a one-year certificate; (6) a considerable number of community colleges in Michigan were currently reviewing or phasing out their welding programs; and (7) the OCC student survey indicated a high level of satisfaction with the content and quality of welding instruction. Appendixes provide an information flyer on OCC's proposed one-year welding certificate program, enrollment data, a marketing plan, survey instruments and responses, and a list of respondents. Includes 12 references. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakland Community Coll., Farmington, MI. Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis.