Dr. David Matuszak, Director
Findings of Study:
Twelfth Grade Completers: (based on a 48% response rate)
Adult Completers: (based on a 28% response rate)
The percentages above include all students who were contacted. Survey respondents are allowed to submit multiple responses so some of the data needs further interpretation. For example, many students are continuing their education and working, therefore they may have responded to both categories.
The number of High School Program Completers is consistent with historical trends. The number of Adult Program Completers has stabilized around 300-400 for the past several years. The number of high school students entering active military duty has been consistent for the past 5 years.
Follow-up calls continue to support the finding that most students who were continuing their education were also employed. If the system enabled individual students to be included in more than one follow-up category, it may have shown that many obtained entry-level and job preparation skills assisting them in obtaining employment to help finance their postsecondary education.
Adult completers appear to be successfully entering the labor market or continuing with their training/education. A significant (52%) category for adults was "employed in a related field", indicating that the students are receiving appropriate training to enter the workforce. An additional 2% entered non-related employment while a very high percentage (42%) are continuing their education.
Adult program offerings, marketing, and career counseling continue to be needed to increase the number of males involved in SCROP training programs targeted to adults. The male/female adult completer ratio was close to 1:1 for several years. The ratio is about 4:1 F/M for 10-11. This change was anticipated and may be due to the reduction in the number of computer hardware and software offerings as a result of the large labor market shrinkage in this sector. A recent study of California Community College enrollments indicates that the system overall is experiencing a decrease in male enrollment.
Self-identified race/ethnicity and special populations groups appear to be continuing their education or obtaining employment at very similar rates. There appears to be no adverse impact on any of the groups identified in this study. An area of continuing interest for further study is the low incidence of self-identification as Limited English speakers.
Santa Clara County Regional Occupational Program (ROP)