Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Workforce Education: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of Austin Community College Workforce Education Alumni
by Escamilla, Roman G., Ed.D., National American University, 2018, 115; 10974764
Abstract (Summary)

Community Colleges across the state of Texas have emerged as training leaders for today’s workforce industries. As businesses advance in technology and innovation, so too must job seekers who are in search of high wages and in-demand careers. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), has set a state-wide goal to have all Texans ages 25–34 have a college degree or certification by 2030, hence the 60x30TX initiative. With these goals, community colleges must step-up and become the top producers of degreed and certified individuals who can fill the skilled labor gaps for the economies in-demand jobs. The purpose of this study is to explore the opportunities and challenges faced by Austin Community College Workforce Education alumni. Furthermore, this study will identify major elements that emerged as significant contributors to study participants program completion. This research study will focus on four groups of programs that are considered “in-demand” occupations by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). From these four groups, eleven participants volunteered to be interviewed and speak about their journeys through Austin Community College’s workforce programs. The themes listed as most influential were as follows: (1) Personal influences, (2) Professional Influences and Challenges, (3) Life/Work/School Balance, (4) Career Opportunities. A qualitative grounded theory approach was conducted during this study while using a semi-structured set of interview questions that would allow for open dialogue and honest evaluations of Austin Community Colleges workforce education programs. Conclusions to this study will expose how program development and key college staff are vital to the student’s success and completion of the programs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thomas, Noreen
Commitee: Aguilar, Hector, Calaway, Terry
School: National American University
Department: Community College Leadership
School Location: United States -- South Dakota
Source: DAI-A 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Continuing education, Higher education
Keywords: In-demand jobs, Technical education, Workforce education
Publication Number: 10974764
ISBN: 978-0-438-82445-4
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