ERIC Number: ED352073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Career Program Completers, 1987-88. A Long-Term Follow-Up Study.
Conklin, Karen A.
In July 1992, a follow-up study was conducted of 412 former students of Johnson County Community College (JCCC), in Kansas, who had earned a career program degree or certificate, or had been identified as leaving with marketable skills, in 1987-88. Due to obsolete addresses, and other factors, the list of potential respondents was reduced to 288. Of these, 92 returned mail surveys and 156 completed telephone surveys for an adjusted response rate of 86%. Study findings included the following: (1) 27% of the respondents had been employed in their current full-time job (which was related to their program of study) prior to enrolling at JCCC; (2) nearly 91% of the respondents working full-time in related jobs had progressed in their careers since completing their course of study; (3) the hourly wage of respondents employed full-time in related jobs was $14.00, as compared to $11.74 for those surveyed in 1990; (4) 81% of the respondents expressed satisfaction with their full-time related job, and 84% rated the working conditions, level of responsibility, and the job in general as "excellent" or "good"; (5) 29% rated their opportunities for job advancement as "fair" or "poor"; (6) nearly 94% of the respondents indicated that their experiences at JCCC had improved the quality of their lives; (7) over 70% indicated that their JCCC experience had enhanced their self-confidence and improved their decision-making; and (8) 50% of the respondents had pursued additional education since completing the JCCC career program, and only 23% indicated that they had no plans to continue their education. Detailed data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Quality of Working Life, Salaries, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.