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ERIC Number: ED561496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 113
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-6905-3
Understanding the Barriers to College Access for Former Foster Youth at the Los Angeles Community College District
Sousa, John Chaves
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Generally referred to as aged-out youth, approximately 20,000 former foster youth leave foster care each year, with very few enrolling into the community college system. Many enroll into a college system without a clear understanding of the system. Unable to maneuver, most former foster youth will drop out. The current exploratory, comparative study looks at the similarities and differences between former foster youth, the Extended Opportunity Program and Services youth and Disabled Student Programs and Services youth within a large community college district, located in the Southwestern part of the United States. The current study provides educators with valuable insight as to the unique needs and characteristics of this growing population within the community college system. Results of the study show former foster youth do not utilize many of the specialized counseling support programs targeting at-risk, non-traditional students at the community colleges; even with access being readily available for them. Rather, results show that former foster youth receive more sporadic, random-type of counseling and support services. Additionally, substantial research exists indicating that counseling and support services provided through targeted populations programs serve as successful interventions at removing educational barriers for non-traditional, at-risk students. The results and conclusions drawn from the current study provides a basic outline that a program structure leveraging current categorical programs at the community colleges is needed to better assist former foster youth. The improved structure of categorical programs will improve the limited outreach and recruitment efforts of former foster youth currently in place at the colleges. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California