Occupational-Technical Programs at Piedmont Virginia Community College, Research Report Number 3-95.Report as inadecuate

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To supplement the academic review process and provide information on trends in occupational/technical (OT) programs, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) examined student enrollment and completion data and determined occupational opportunities for graduates of the college's OT programs. Student enrollment and graduation data for fall 1992 through fall 1994 were collected from Virginia Community College System publications on enrollment and awards conferred. In addition, current occupational data were collected from the 10th edition of "Guide to Occupations in Virginia." Study findings included the following: (1) for the 3 years under study, slightly more than one-third of all curricular students at PVCC were enrolled in OT programs; (2) and average of 27.8% of these students were classified as Business and Management majors, 20.4% as Nursing, and 16.4% as Computer Systems; (3) 50.7% of all PVCC graduates for the period were OT students; (4) PVCC's Business and Management, Computer Information Systems, and Nursing programs all met state productivity standards for all 3 years in terms of enrollment and graduation of students; (5) the most productive associate of science program was Nursing, producing an average of 45 graduates per year; and (6) projected occupational growth in Virginia from 1988 through 2000 ranged from -2% for bookkeepers to 65% for medical assistants. As in past years, a monitoring system for classifying programs was recommended to ensure more accurate student classification in future. (KP)

Descriptors: Business Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Computer Science Education, Employment Opportunities, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Nursing Education, Police Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Validation, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education

Author: Head, Ronald B.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12537&id=ED382280

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