Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Sociology and Rural Studies


Because of the unemployment, underemployment, poverty and occupational opportunity problems experienced in South Dakota, it is appropriate that manpower programs currently operating in the State be studied. To maximize the potential benefits of these programs it is necessary to understand their structure, their purpose, their goals and their effects. Likewise, the extent of participation in the programs should be determined along with finding out what type of trainee is benefitting the least or the most from the training experience. There has been considerable research into a wide spectrum of manpower programs and manpower needs in urban areas; however, relatively little has been researched into the ways the same programs are operating and affecting the manpower problems in rural areas. Responding to this deficiency, the Rural Sociology Department of South Dakota state University began in Fall, 1971, a research project directed to producing greater understanding of the manpower programs currently operating in South Dakota. The general aims of the research project include the following: 1. A description of the manpower programs currently operating in South Dakota. 2. An assessment of the degree of success of the various manpower programs. 3. An examination of the association between possible differential participation rates and degrees of success to selected demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the participants. Before a comprehensive determination and evaluation of success, or lack of success, was attempted, and the relationships of demographic, social, and economic variables to program success were tested, some preliminary examinations were seen as advisable. Available sources of information on selected manpower programs needed to be identified, and available sources of data on the characteristics of the participants in the gathered. An exploratory study was needed to examine the association between the socio-economic characteristics of participants in the programs to one criterion of success, namely, completion of the training programs. This study was done in conjunction with the research project mentioned above in an effort to fulfill some of the descriptive and exploratory needs of the project.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Manpower -- South Dakota
Economics -- South Dakota
Occupational training -- South Dakota
Employees -- Training of -- South Dakota



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South Dakota State University