I used this website with the first class of Veterans that I worked with. At the end of each module I asked for feed back about the module. They made suggestions such as better explanations and or directions and sometimes asked for a video to show the steps to follow. The younger Vets found the class easy to use, it was the older Vets who were less computer savvy and needed more guidance. The students liked the three-week course as they discovered jobs that they didn't know existed by using the Labor market matches aligned to their personality and skills assessments.
When I designed this project in 2014-2015, the Florida job assessment site was Florida Choices. That site was replaced by My Career Shines in 2016. I was deep into the creation of my project. Another barrier that I came up against was that I was transferred to our Technical High School in 2015 thus I was unable to collect data on a large sample of Veterans. I was able to compare my samples results to the previous two years but was unable to to find definitive data on program incompleters in the previous years as I was not in that department.
In the year 2013-2014, 28 Veterans graduated from Sheridan Technical College. In 2012-2013, 25 students graduated from the College. In the year I worked with Veteran students entering the school, 39 graduated from the College. One in Auto Service Technology, one in Diesel Technology, one in Commercial Vehicle Driving, two in Barbering, three in Computer Systems and Technology, two in Network Systems Technology, six in Air Conditioning, Refrigerating and Heating Technology, five in Carpentry, 14 in Electricity, two in Plumbing, one in Hospitality and Tourism, and one in Medical Coding and Billing.
The students that completed my three-week course prior to entering their technical program told me upon their exit interview that the portion of my course that they relied upon most in selecting their program was the ability to see the Florida job forecast and the salary ranges. They found that extremely valuable in selecting a program. Six of my students also chose to take the Microsoft tests that we offer at the College testing center and earned certifications. Three earned MOS bundles. Unfortunately, I was not able to work with another group, so I don't have reliable data to present. My students liked the program but I had a unique sample to work with at the time. I was not expecting to get transferred.