Washington Community College Baccalaureate Students: How Life Experiences Shape Baccalaureate Education, Employment and Economic Security (2020)
This data note presents results from qualitative interviews with Community College Baccalaureate (CCB) students in Washington state. In-depth, longitudinal interview data is used to describe three CCB students’ experiences prior to CCB-program enrollment and through their programs to graduation and employment. The three students profiled credit community colleges with giving them an option to complete a baccalaureate degree that was previously unavailable to them, and they perceive that their CCB degrees contribute to improved employment and career opportunities. They also attribute to their CCB degrees greater economic and personal stability, particularly as many workers face long-term unemployment and financial insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wetzstein, L., Meza, E. A., & Bragg, D. (2020). Washington community college baccalaureate students: How life experiences shape baccalaureate education, employment and economic security. Community College Research Initiatives, Data Note #10.