ERIC Number: ED377902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Career Program Completers. 1989-90 Long-Term Follow-Up Study.
Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.
In summer 1994, a long-term follow-up study was conducted of 1989-90 graduates of career programs at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Kansas. A survey was mailed to 536 graduates, certificate holders, and students who left JCCC with marketable skills to assess their satisfaction with JCCC and their jobs. With telephone follow-up, a response rate of 84% was achieved. Major findings, including comparisons with findings from previous long-term follow-up studies, are the following: (1) 8 out of 10 respondents were employed in a job related to their career program; (2) approximately 87% of both 1993 and 1994 respondents felt that they had progressed in their career since completion of their community college course of study--down from 91% of the respondents in 1992; (3) the 1994 average hourly wage of those employed full-time in an education-related job was $14.17, up from $14 in both 1992 and 1993; (4) men continued to earn higher hourly wages than women in the same job, with noteworthy disparities in business administration ($21.85 vs. $17.87), emergency medical technology ($11.85 vs. $9.47), paramedics ($12.27 vs. $10.57), and hospitality management ($15 vs. $9.25); (5) nearly 83% of the 1994 respondents expressed satisfaction with their jobs; (6) 89% of the 1994 respondents indicated that JCCC was their first college choice; (7) 80% indicated that their community college experiences had helped enhance their self-confidence; (8) 95% achieved their educational objective; (9) 89% felt that their college experience improved their quality of life; and (10) nearly 97% would recommend JCCC to friends. The survey instrument is included. (KP)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Quality, Employer Attitudes, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Mail Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Salaries, Student Attitudes, Telephone Surveys, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.