Dr. Yolonda Barnes, Assistant Professor at College of Western Idaho, recently returned from the National Technology and Social Science Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The national conference, put on by the National Social Science Association, had over 1,000 attendees and more than 200 individuals presenting research.
Barnes co-presented with Dr. Leslie Jernberg, Division Manager of Business and Technology from College of Eastern Idaho. The research focused on the “Effect of Articulated (tech prep) Credits on College Outcomes at a Stand-alone Technical College” in Idaho, a dissertation study by Jernberg, examining the effect of articulated tech prep credits on college outcomes for students who matriculate to a technical college within three-and-a-half years of high school graduation. The outcomes explored were retention, degree completion, time-to-degree, and technical skills assessment pass rates. In this study, tech prep students had higher retention, better rates of program completion, and shorter time-to-degree than their non-tech prep peers.