An Investigation of Factors Influencing Attendance at the AFIT (Air Force Institute of Technology) School of Civil Engineering Professional Continuing Education Program.
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The AFIT School of Civil Engineering SOCE conducts a wide range of resident Professional Continuing Education PCE courses for the Air Force civil engineering CE functional field. This study surveyed 500 CE officers examining factors influencing both the access of civil engineers to resident programs and factors influencing their motivation to attend. Descriptive statistics and nonparametric tests were used to investigate factors influencing access. Motivation factors were determined using factor analysis and examined with linear regression techniques. Results showed that workload significantly constrained PCE attendance. Additionally, engineers who do not work in base level CE organizations do not hear about the SOCE program as much as base level engineers. Factors influencing motivation to attend SOCE PCE courses included supervisory support for the program, perceived usefulness of the courses, engineers attitudes towards TDY, preferred type of PCE course, and academic degree held by the engineer. Engineers whose latest degree is over eight years old or who have not participated periodically in formal continuing education were less motivated to attend SOCE PCE courses. Author
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