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ERIC Number: ED551751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 183
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-2738-8
Explorations of Colleges, Universities, and Career Training Centers in Las Vegas, Nevada: Creating Educational and Training Programs for Displaced Workers to Learn Marketable Employment Skills
Gonyea, Jacob Patrick
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The city of Las Vegas, Nevada has experienced a slowdown in tourism, a drop in property taxes and consolidated tax revenue used to support the city's operating budget, and a lack of economic diversification. Because of these changes, the ability of displaced workers to learn marketable employment skills continues to be an important issue for the city of Las Vegas. This mixed method study compared programs offered by colleges, universities, and training centers with want-ad descriptions and student perceptions of required skills. The study was based on concepts of andragogy. The research questions for the study examined the kinds of training and education offered by colleges, universities, and training centers; questions also focused on the ability of students to secure a job with the training and education they received. Interviews were collected from 10 displaced workers who described their perceptions and efforts to receive training and education in order to secure employment. Interview data were analyzed through a thematic approach and were interpreted alongside a content analysis of phrases and terms in college catalogs and job listings. Findings from both the interviews and from the content analysis of college materials suggested a disconnect between the lessons provided within the classrooms and the skills required in job postings. A Displaced Worker Employment Education Program (DWEEP) would promote positive social change by enhancing enrollment at learning institutions and ensuring the preparation of these displaced workers in their respective field of study for the job they are seeking. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada