ERIC Number: ED399982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Job Skills Enhancement: An Evaluation of Publicly Funded Postsecondary Workforce Training and State and Federally Funded Basic Skills Training for Workers Upgrading Their Job Skills. Research Report Number 96-2.
In August 1996, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges conducted a study of the characteristics of workers enrolled in state and federally funded job skills enhancement training programs from 1990 to 1995 to determine related needs for the state's community and technical colleges. Data sources included a survey of 1,151 upgrading students at 8 representative colleges in November 1990; spring 1990 focus group interviews with upgrading students at 6 community colleges; data from college records and state unemployment records for all 13,200 upgrading students who left college during 1991-92; and System enrollment records from fall 1990 to fall 1995. Study findings included the following: (1) in fall 1995, workers enrolled to improve job skills represented 12% (n=26,721) of enrollments, down from 16% in fall 1990; (2) since the pool of 20-39 year olds most likely to enroll in upgrade programs has remained constant since 1990, the enrollment decline would seem to be due to shifting college priorities; (3) for all workers, the median age for college-level classes was 31, while for basic skills classes it was 28; (4) the median wage was $10.81 for workers in college-level programs and $7.93 for those in basic skills; and (6) wage differentials before and after upgrade training were not related to the extent of training received. A discussion of the November 1990 survey and the survey instrument are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.