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Program Level Feedback from Former Occupational Education Students: Report 1 of 2, Summary Findings of Respondents District-Wide. Research Brief.

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Abstract: In fall 2000, the staff of Los Rios Community College District Office of Institutional Research collaborated with occupational education deans, academic area deans, and faculty to develop a series of program-specific followup surveys to be administered in spring 2001. These surveys were designed to determine how well courses met the employment and educational needs of former Los Rios students, both those who earned degrees or certificates and those who did not. Accounting, Automotive Technology, Computer Information Science, and Electronics were the four programs targeted in 2001. Responses were received from 687 of the 1,718 former students who were sent surveys. The report identifies courses that former students believed made them very prepared for employment, and courses that former students thought did not prepare them well for employment. Findings show that the majority of former students who were working in their field of study did earn degrees or certificates. However, in Automotive Technology, 47.1 of students who were working in the field had not earned a degree or certificate, perhaps an indicate of the high demand in this field. Surveys also provided some information about current and future educational plans of former students that is of interest to educational planners. (SLD)

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