ERIC Number: ED403417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Effect of Type Opportunity Technological Programs on the Completion Rate of Opportunity Program Students.
Kinard, Roscoe C.
The Opportunities Program is a collaboration between the Illinois state welfare program and the City Colleges of Chicago to educate/train welfare recipients in short-term programs. A review of the research identified these effective student retention strategies: student support, high quality instruction, and remediation. A review of research on student success focused on student characteristics, employment statistics, and gender and race/ethnicity differences. The completion rates for 119 Opportunities Program students were examined. The study population included students from the food technology, office technology, and health technology programs at Dawson Technical Institute in Chicago. Data were collected from the examination of college records. School records showed that 75 percent of all students completed programs: 13 percent in food technology, 19 percent in office technology, and 43 percent in health technology. Examination of the chi-square test scores indicated sample groups were significantly different. Findings may have been influenced by the following factors: job availability, interest, and experience; demand for higher education and technical competence; low job entrance salaries; familial or personal problems; preparation of the students; quality of the program/instruction; and availability of resources. (Contains 11 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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