ERIC Number: ED462598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
What Happens after They Graduate? Results from a Longitudinal Study of STC Graduates.
MacAllum, Keith; Bozick, Robert
The Lansing Area Manufacturing Partnership (LAMP) is an academically rigorous, business/labor-driven school-to-career (STC) program in Lansing, Michigan, that includes business, union, school, and parent partners. The effects of participation in LAMP on transitions from school to higher education and work were examined in a longitudinal study of 48 LAMP participants and 46 students who did not participate in LAMP. Both groups were similar from the standpoints of gender, race, age, grade-point average (GPA), and school attended. Data were collected from both groups 6, 12, and 18 months after graduation. The following were among the key findings: (1) postsecondary enrollment was higher among the LAMP participants (96% versus 79%) in March 2000, whereas both groups had nearly identical postsecondary enrollment rates (about 79%) in winter 2001; (2) the average GPA of the non-LAMP students remained marginally higher than that of the LAMP graduates throughout the study; (3) little difference in the two groups' employment rates was found; (4) 16 months after graduation, LAMP graduates hourly wage averaged $11.27 versus $8.49 for the non-LAMP participants; (5) LAMP appeared to better prepare students for the challenges and responsibilities of work; and (6) LAMP graduates pursued career-enhancing opportunities at higher rates than non-LAMP graduates did. (Contains 14 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Corporations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Longitudinal Studies, Manufacturing Industry, Models, Outcomes of Education, Parents, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Unions, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Career and Technical Education (75th, New Orleans, LA, December 13-16, 2001).