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Factors Influencing Adult Students' Decisions to Enroll in the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster at Meridian Technology Center

Rodriguez, Lily Yaneth Calix
The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the demographical and informational factors that influence students' decisions to enroll in the architecture and construction career cluster at the Meridian Technology Center (MTC). The problem was analyzed using a cross-sectional survey methodology. The target population for the present study was the morning and afternoon adult student body enrolled in the architecture and construction career cluster at Meridian Technology Center. Thirty-seven students (N=37) in eight courses completed a survey that used a check list and Likert-type scale format. Both concrete variables, such as the enrollment and demographical information, and intangible variables, such as influences on student enrollment decisions and attitudes toward the MTC, were studied using descriptive statistics. Findings from the study indicate that the group of participants was very homogeneous: mostly males, part time employed, high school diploma as the highest level of education achieved, with a gross annual income less than $10,000. Regarding their enrollment status, the majority was first time students at MTC taking classes for the first time in the program currently enrolled. Influential factors such as the interest in learning about the occupation, desire to work in the industry, challenge to learn a new skill, and better job opportunities were identified as the main factors that may have influenced their decision to enroll in CTE program at MTC. The person who was the strongest influence in their decision to enroll at MTC was identified as "myself." The main source of information accessed by students before making the decision to enroll was the Internet. Other sources of information listed by students were high school counselor, parent, career day or event, and letter from the MTC. Overall participants have a positive image of MTC and they are supportive of MTC programs.