Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

CalWORKs Students and Their Best Practices, How They Succeed in Community College
by Velasco, Claudia, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2017, 176; 10619636
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this phenomenology study was to determine the best practices that CalWORKs students utilize to be successful in the community college. This objective was achieved by identifying successes and challenges that current CalWORKs students in the community college have experienced while managing the responsibilities of college, parenting, and work. Obtaining higher education is a key for these students to have the ability to become self-sufficient and leave poverty behind.

To understand the significance of the study 15 CalWORKs students from Los Angeles Pierce College were interviewed. The face-to-face interviews consisted of eight semi-structured questions that were created from the four research questions that guided the study. The data collected from these interviews was rich on personal experiences and past recollections of student’s challenges, and success that juggle parenthood, school, and requirements, and regulations of the CalWORKs program.

The main conclusions of the study yielded 26 themes that answered four research questions. The researcher found out that the CalWORKs students have a lot of resilience and strength to accomplish their objective to leave poverty behind, by attaining higher education. These students firmly believe that through education they can break the cycle of poverty, and improve the lives of their kids and themselves. The data collected in the study is believed to contribute to providing best practices to future CalWORKs students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Madjidi, Farzin
Commitee: Fraizer, Lani S., Miramontes, Gabriella
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Community college education, Educational leadership
Keywords: CalWORKs, Community college, Single parents, Students
Publication Number: 10619636
ISBN: 9780355206449
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