Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Larry H. Ebbers

Abstract

The purpose of this quantitative study was to describe the noncredit student population and explore the motivations and economic benefits for those who participated in noncredit workforce training programs at Kirkwood Community College, a large urban community college in Iowa. These noncredit students were enrolled in one of three vocational program areas: health care, business and information technology, or industrial technology. This study employed descriptive and multivariate statistics to determine whether investment in noncredit workforce training programs realized economic benefits. Findings are shared in the following categories: noncredit student characteristics, program classification enrollment patterns, noncredit student educational goals, and economic indicator patterns. By sharing a fundamentally new methodology for investigating the economic value positions of noncredit students completing workforce training programs, this study may inform future studies not only for Kirkwood Community College, but for other community colleges as well. Suggestions are made for additional research centered upon noncredit student populations and noncredit workforce training programs.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-964

Copyright Owner

Kim A. Johnson

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-06

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

188 pages

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