ERIC Number: ED369472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Follow-Up Survey, February-March 1994.
In February 1994, a study was conducted by Macomb Community College (MCC), in Michigan, to determine the extent to which the training received by MCC graduates met the needs of area employers. In conjunction with a follow-up study of MCC completers from 1992-93, respondents were requested to complete release of information forms for their employers. Completed forms were received from 427 respondents, and questionnaires were mailed to the companies or supervisors identified on the forms. Study findings, based on an analysis of the forms and responses from 253 employers, included the following: (1) the most common types of employment identified by graduates were the service (44%) and manufacturing sectors (18%), while 55% of the jobs were in Macomb County; (2) the 241 employers who responded to the question gave a mean rating of 4.37 out of 5 points to the training received by the MCC graduates, the highest rating in 6 years; (3) the employee characteristic or skill rated the highest by respondents was willingness to learn (4.61 out of 5), while problem-solving skills (4.18) and mathematical skills (4.16) were the lowest rated; (4) with respect to the future job outlook in the area, employers in six out of nine industries saw future jobs as less available than they are today, while employers in the areas of wholesale trade, services, and construction were generally optimistic about future jobs. The survey instrument and cover letter are appended. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb Community Coll., Warren, MI. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.