Summary of Dropout Information
All five students
described above were enrolled in the first half of the semester, attended
regularly or sporadically
initially, but no longer attended classes in the last four weeks of
All five were under forty and First Nations and all but one were men.
Who Attended Sporadically
There were five students, Dave, Gil, Darshan,
Savita and Vanessa, who attended sporadically. They attended infrequently
and inconsistently, but they were still attending in the last four
weeks of the semester. I did not interview most of these students largely
because they were often not available; I was able to interview Vanessa.
Consequently, I have less information to present for these five students.
Dave was a Canadian
born white man who appeared to be in his early thirties. He did not
seem to have family members or friends
at the college. According to Kit he lived outside of the Dover
community and drove along the highway for about twenty minutes to
get to school. When Dave
was in class, he was usually talkative.
he attended sporadically, when he returned to the class, it was
as though he had never been away. After one prolonged absence,
Dave entered class saying,
"I'm living again, I'm living
complained that a lengthy bout of the flu had kept him away.
Dave's recorded attendance
comprised over a third of the semester. He was still attending
in June, the final month of the semester.