Impact level of entry on completion rates and GPA of technical education students at a Midwest community college
[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] Technical education is a method for training a skilled workforce. Dual enrollment allows high school students to start a college program early. The intersection of these two types of instruction, dual enrollment technical education, offers high school students an opportunity to begin training for a skilled career before high school graduation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate students who began a technical education program before and after high school completion. There is a lack of research that considers completion rate and grade points average by the level of entry into a technical education program that offers dual enrollment. This study found that students who entered as dual enrollment juniors were much more likely to complete a certificate of achievement than other levels of entry. Students entering as juniors or seniors were found to complete significantly fewer associate degrees than the two post-secondary levels of entry. This study contributes to the current body of knowledge within these areas.
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