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Not just a Latino issue: California community college undocumented students and their career development
by Ton, Chan, Ed.D., California State University, Fullerton, 2013, 222; 3574077
Abstract (Summary)

This exploratory qualitative study investigated the experiences of California community college undocumented students and their career development processes and issues. Twelve undocumented students from multiple backgrounds participated in semi-structured interviews. It was evident from the students' backgrounds that being undocumented was not just a Latino issue. Students identified career development barriers such as financial hardship, lack of support, and limitations in career related opportunities. Though these barriers were initially disruptive to the participants' career development, the same barriers eventually became an important part of the participants' identity as undocumented students. Making progress despite the barriers created learning experiences that enabled the students to garner support and ultimately forge forward. The idea of hope was a critical component of this process. While a faint sense of hope allowed participants to enter the community college, as they faced these barriers their sense of hope and resiliency was strengthened. An emerging theory of undocumented students' career development was presented as a result of the findings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beckham, Meri
School: California State University, Fullerton
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Multicultural Education, Higher education
Keywords: California, Career development, Hope, Resilience, Undocumented students
Publication Number: 3574077
ISBN: 978-1-303-47317-3
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