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ERIC Number: ED350056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Students Completing Selected Occupational Programs in Fiscal Year 1991. Follow-Up Study.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
In March 1992, 1,947 fiscal year 1991 graduates of selected occupational programs in the Illinois Community College System were surveyed concerning their objectives for attending college, current educational status, present employment status, salary, employment start-up, geographic location of employment, and satisfaction with their employment and the educational program they had completed. A total of 1,128 graduates completed usable surveys for a 57.9% response rate. Study results included the following: (1) 88.5% of the graduates were employed (full- or part-time), and approximately 5.9% were unemployed and looking for work; (2) approximately 84.8% of the employed respondents were working in positions related to their community college studies; (3) of those working in an unrelated field, 26.9% indicated that they could not find a job in their field of preparation; (4) nearly one-quarter of the respondents were continuing their education; (5) 93% of the occupational graduates were working in Illinois; (6) the average graduate employed on a full-time basis earned $20,987 annually; (7) the highest full-time hourly wages were earned by those working in construction trades ($16.96) and fire protection ($13.81), while the lowest were earned by cosmetology ($5.90) and secretarial ($7.77) graduates; and (8) highest overall program satisfaction ratings were awarded by graduates from diagnostic and treatment services, secretarial, and dental services, while cosmetology and fire protection graduates rated their programs lowest, but still within the neutral to satisfied range. Appendixes provide specific results by program area, detailed data tables and references. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Salaries, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data), Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.