ERIC Number: EJ951354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 6
Successful Transitions to Higher Education: A look at Maine's College Transitions Initiative
Ruff, Lois A.
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v5 n3 p182-185 Fall 2011
The Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information's website reports a 36% loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector from 2000 to 2010 (over 28,500 jobs). Increasingly, employers are requiring a more educated workforce. With only 25% of Maine's population holding a bachelor's degree, Maine lags behind the rest of New England (at 35%), according to the Maine Compact for Higher Education (n.d). Maine wants to change this statistic, and central to that change is a program focused on adult learners called Maine College Transitions (MCT). In this article, the author looks into how other programs were helping students transition to college. Her research included visits to three MCT sites and a small qualitative study in which she held focus group interviews with current and former students to learn what they thought about the program. Thirteen students participated in the study. Eleven of these students had completed the program. Of these, 8 were in college and 2 were starting soon. None had completed college at the time of the study. In this article, the author hopes to share some of what she learned from them about MCT programs.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Focus Groups, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Interviews, Manufacturing, Web Sites, Labor Force, Adult Education, Partnerships in Education, Community Colleges, School Orientation, College Students, College Environment, Student Adjustment
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 888-442-6223; Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site: http://www.coabe.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine