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dc.contributor.advisorHaltinner, Urs
dc.contributor.authorPanke, Aaron R.
dc.description.abstractThe rural brain drain phenomena is evident in society today. Even with this phenomenon taking place, a set of individuals designated as “stayers” and “boomerangs,” are staying and living in rural communities even after attaining a credential at a two-year college. The purpose of this study was to advance a deep understanding of individuals in a rural community, possibly providing insight to creating brain gain, and seeking to understand students through a persona for messaging and communications. This study employed a narrative inquiry approach in three phases: data frame, semi-structured interviews, and story completion, with the underpinning of human capital, life course, and migration theories. The study concludes with an analysis of student stories from a rural Midwestern two-year public college, and five themes emerged. These resultant themes of the study provide rural leaders, organizations, businesses, and educational institutions with a deeper understanding of the individuals who work, play, and attend the two-year college. These individuals are seeking to create brain gain in their communities. In addition, the resultant themes hint at using a persona for creating messaging and communication to likeminded individuals in the rural communities.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Wisconsin--Stouten_US
dc.titleWhy Do Rural Two-Year Graduates Stay in Rural Communities: A Narrative Inquiryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US and Technical Education

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    This collection holds dissertations from the Doctorate of Education in Career and Technical Education Leadership (Ed.D. CTEL) program. Theses pre-1999 are available on microfilm. Contact for access.

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