ERIC Number: ED429655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Participants' Perceptions of Employability Skills Learned in a Community College Job Readiness Program.
Staszewski, Thomas F.
This study investigated adult students who completed an instructional program that included training in employability and job readiness. It identified and analyzed program completers' perceptions of the instruction they received and the employability skill levels and benefits gained as a result of their program participation. Data were collected from 85 community college students using a questionnaire with both closed- and open-ended questions. Information collected included demographics, reasons for seeking training, current employment status, and impressions of the training services offered by the program. Respondents were categorized by employment school enrollment status at the time the surveys were completed. The respondents were 92% female and ranged in age from 20-54; 73% reported having a work history, 71% were receiving public assistance, and 59% were enrolled in a school or training program. The most popular reasons for enrolling in the program were to continue education (68%), to learn new skills (61%), and to seek employment (55%). A great majority of the completers indicated that the instruction was useful; many found that their skills in seven major areas identified by the literature had improved. Overall, the findings point to a positive perception of employability skills on the part of the participants who completed the program. Contains 42 references. (CAK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.