Examining Noncredit Workforce Training Programming at Kirkwood Community College: A New Conceptual Model for Measuring Student Motivations and Perceptions of High Quality Job Attainment
The purpose of this quantitative study was to describe the noncredit student population and explore the motivations and economic benefits for those who participated in noncredit workforce training programs at Kirkwood Community College, a large urban community college in Iowa. These noncredit students were enrolled in one of three vocational program areas: health care, business and information technology, or industrial technology. This study employed descriptive and multivariate statistics to determine whether investment in noncredit workforce training programs realized economic benefits. Findings are shared in the following categories: noncredit student characteristics, program classification enrollment patterns, noncredit student educational goals, and economic indicator patterns. By sharing a fundamentally new methodology for investigating the economic value positions of noncredit students completing workforce training programs, this study may inform future studies not only for Kirkwood Community College, but for other community colleges as well. Suggestions are made for additional research centered upon noncredit student populations and noncredit workforce training programs.