ERIC Number: ED443477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Descriptive Follow-Up Study of Piedmont Virginia Community College Electronics Technology Graduates from 1995-1999.
Fitzgerald, Mark S.
The goal of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) electronics program between 1995-1999 by answering the following questions: (1) did the students find employment in an electronics-related career upon graduation? (2) did they feel that the program provided them with an adequate level of workplace preparation? and (3) what aspects of the program could be changed to better prepare future students for the workplace? Thirty-four of 57 graduates responded to the survey. According to the survey results, approximately 8 of 10 graduates (79.4%) are currently employed in an electronics related career. The mean response of the overall satisfaction of the respondents with the level of workforce preparation was 4.53, which resides between "moderately satisfied" and "very satisfied." The mean satisfaction values in the skills areas of AC and DC circuits, electronic devices, digital electronics and computers indicated that the graduates were "very satisfied," whereas the mean values for electrical machines and electrical control systems/PLCs were significantly lower. Based on the results of the study, several recommendations are made including evaluation of the textbooks, laboratory assignments, laboratory equipment, instruction, and curricular content of the electrical machines and electrical control systems/PLCs courses to improve their transferability to the workplace environment and greater collaboration with the electronics industry. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.