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Toppin, Ian – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2018
The context of this study was to examine factors contributing to significant workforce shortages in building trades in the United States. As it is, recruitment of qualified skilled trades workers is becoming increasingly difficult due to lack of a pipeline of prospective workers, and training programs. The study assumed a theoretical inquiry…
Descriptors: Building Trades, Labor Force Development, Vocational Education, Construction Industry
Toppin, Ian N. – Online Submission, 2017
A significant workforce shortage exists in most skilled trades areas in the U.S., but this is especially true in building and construction trades. The number of jobs in the construction industry is expected to grow by almost 20% between 2008 to 2018, while only growing by 11% for all other industries. With the prospect of significant shortages in…
Descriptors: Construction Industry, Building Trades, Supply and Demand, Labor Market
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Dooley, T. Price; Schreckhise, William D. – Youth & Society, 2016
This study evaluates the Youth Development Program (YDP), a component of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). We examine whether the YDP reduced dropout rates among youth in secondary schools in seven school districts in the impoverished Mississippi River Delta in southeast Arkansas. Initially, the program seems to have an impact. Students…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Dropouts, Dropout Rate, Comparative Analysis
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Rodriguez, Eric; Rhodes, Kent; Aguirre, Geoffrey – Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 2015
Several factors contribute to a disproportionately lower Latino participation in college education. Foremost among those factors are policies that encourage quick job placement over career development, lack of understanding of the benefits of a college degree, lower expectations for Latino students, poor financial planning, and lack of guidance. A…
Descriptors: Intervention, High School Students, Hispanic American Students, College Preparation