JCTC Partners with Code Louisville To Offer Free Credit Hours

Date: July 11, 2017 | iqsresearch | News | Comments Off on JCTC Partners with Code Louisville To Offer Free Credit Hours

For the past three years, IQS Research has been a proud research and evaluation partner for the Code Louisville initiative. We’re excited to see them teaming up with JCTC to provide college credit for their students who are becoming developers!

See below for the original article from WFPL News.

“Jefferson Community & Technical College and Code Louisville students can earn credits toward a certificate or degree, thanks to a new partnership announced Tuesday.

Students who complete a free 12-week Code Louisville course will earn three credit hours toward a certificate or degree in Computer and Information Technology at JCTC.

Former JCTC and Code Louisville students who’ve completed their programs are eligible. Margot McGowen is director of Title III, a JCTC project to boost student success. She said students are showing a lot of interest in the project.

“It’s very motivating for them to know that they can come from what they’ve experienced at Code Louisville with those skills, transfer it into Jefferson, be assigned the academic credit and end up with an actual credential in as little as two classes at Jefferson,” McGowen said.

More than 500 students have graduated Code Louisville since its inception, and more than 100 earned new jobs or advanced at their current jobs, according to data from Code Louisville.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer praised the partnership Tuesday, pressing Louisville’s need for web development.

“Web development is one of our high-growth, high-demand sectors, providing jobs with a future that you can support a family on,” Fischer said in a news release. “In an increasingly competitive job market, this partnership gives Louisville students more accessibility to securing a career in software development.”

More information can be found here.”

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Having a Successful First Year in College

Date: August 12, 2011 | Shawn Herbig | News | Comments Off on Having a Successful First Year in College

Over the next few weeks thousands of students will begin a new school year.  Many of those students will be going off to college for the first time.  While this is an exciting time for both students and parents alike, this is also time of fear for many students.  While the excitement will make for an energetic first few weeks, many students will not return for the spring semester. 

We have done a great deal of research on the attitudinal barriers to student success and there are specific fears that students have.  Many of those fears center around family support, peer support, and academic ability.  By applying some basic principles parents can help ensure that their kids will be successful their freshman year in college. 

If you know someone going to college this fall take a look at our summary for a few key areas where you can help your student succeed.

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STATS-DC – session – 55,000 More College Degrees

Date: July 28, 2011 | Shawn Herbig | News | Comments Off on STATS-DC – session – 55,000 More College Degrees

55,000 More College Degrees – Assessing the Barriers to Postsecondary Education to Close the gap on Educational Attainment. 

Louisville, KY has challenged itself to increase the number of degree holding citizens by 55,000 by the year 2020.  This will mean that 40% of working age Louisvillians will hold a bachelors degree and 10% will hold an associate degree. 

IQS Research performed the attitudinal assessment study that is being used by the 55,000 Degrees program.  Today Dr. Bob Rodosky and I are at STATS-DC making a presentation about the current challenges in Jefferson County (from a school system standpoint) as well as the attitudinal barriers that impact all students. 

There is a “plurality of thought” that exists within the minds of high school students today.  Perhaps this has always existed, we don’t know, but it certainly exists today.  This plurality is derived from a concurrent set of beliefs with high school students that:

  1. College is highly important.  Over 95% of  students indicate that a college degree is both necessary and important.
  2. College is not difficult.  Only 12% of students believe attaining a college degree will be difficult for them. 

Going further we find that 98% of students intend to go college. 

So what we have is a population of students who believe that college is very important but not difficult.  Whether or not they are actually prepared academically, they are rarely prepared to balance the conflicts between life needs and college needs.  When the reality of life intrudes, the process crumbles and often times, the student fails. 

But it gets worse…the adults in the community aren’t helping. As an example, adults also believe that college is highly important.  some 80% of adults believe this.  However, adults also believe that if you have achieved success without a degree there is little need to go back and get one.  Furthermore, there is an inverse relationship between the education level of the adult and the belief that everyone should get a degree.  There are also significant differences between the opinions of mothers and fathers.  Mothers express a protective nature for the child and often try to protect them from the demands of classes that push a student our of their comfort zone. 

 There is so much I could say but I will wrap it up here.  If you want to learn more, check out the links for a copy of the presentation slides, and the ICCHE handout.  

If you aren’t familiar with 55,000 Degrees in Louisville, please feel free to go to www.55000degrees.com for more information.  From the main page you can scroll to the resources section at the bottom of the page and download our report as well as several other pieces of information.

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