ERIC Number: ED377919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Career and Educational Interests of Johnson County Public High School Students.
Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.
To gather data on the current and future educational needs of local high school students, Johnson County Community College (JCCC), in Kansas, conducted a study of county students' career and educational interests. Questionnaires were administered to 9th through 12th graders in selected classes in local high school districts, resulting in 13,966 completed surveys. Study findings, with comparative data from a similar 1987 survey, included the following: (1) the percent of respondents indicating their high school emphasis as "preparation for college" decreased from 62% in 1987 to 58% in 1994; (2) respondents reporting mostly A or B grades increased from 40% in 1987 to 58% in 1994; (3) 54% indicated interest in tech prep, with interest strongest among males, younger students, and those with grades in the middle ranges; (4) the greatest percentage of respondents expressed interest in either allied health careers, commercial art-computer graphics, computer programming, auto body repair, auto mechanics, or early childhood education; (5) the percentage of students who felt high school had provided more than adequate preparation for the future increased from 41% to 46%; (6) 65% perceived a need for financial aid; (7) 44% were employed at the time of the survey and 36% working over 20 hours per week; (8) 11% had no plans to attend school immediately following graduation, 63% planned to attend school full-time, and nearly 85% planned to earn a bachelor's degree or higher; and (9) most popular career fields were business, health, engineering, fine or performing arts, and law, however the percentage preferring business declined from 25% to 14% between 1987 and 1994, while health careers increased from 8% to 14%. (The survey instrument is appended.) (KP)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Community Colleges, High School Students, High Schools, Interest Inventories, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Interests, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Interests
Office of Institutional Research, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210-1299.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas