Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding Job Readiness for Students with Disabilities
by Jackson, Kaitlin, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 147; 27999106
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to explore the differences in job readiness among students with disabilities who were and were not participants of a career development transition program, specifically WorkAbility IV at a large public university in southern California. Job readiness and career development are important to all college students, yet, students with disabilities have increased barriers such as workplace discrimination. There is a need to understand why some students enroll in postsecondary transition programs for students with disabilities and whether these programs impact job readiness factors that assist with their ability to join the workforce.

One hundred and ninety-two students completed a survey based on existing instruments. The survey provided overall insight into the job readiness of students with disabilities who are and are not part of the WorkAbility IV program. Overall, the study found that WorkAbility IV students were less likely to have had a high school job than the comparison group. Also, WorkAbility IV students reported more family support in terms of advocacy, career, and academic support, and college experience than the comparison group. Finally, they reported having received less job training than the comparison group.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Powers, Kristin
Commitee: Priede Schubert, Alejandra, Bowman, Chad
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational administration, Disability studies, Individual & family studies, Labor relations
Keywords: Students with disabilities, Job readiness, Career development transition program, WorkAbility IV, Southern California , Student enrollment, Postsecondary transition programs, Workforce
Publication Number: 27999106
ISBN: 9798684693908
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