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ERIC Number: ED016084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Pages: 100
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Reference Count: 0
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FOLLOW-UP OF MDTA E AND D PROJECT CONDUCTED BY TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE.
JOHNSON, LOUISE A.
AN EXPERIMENTAL AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECT DESIGNED TO PROVIDE BASIC EDUCATION, JOB TRAINING, COUNSELING, AND JOB PLACEMENT FOR 180 NEGRO MALES WAS CONDUCTED BETWEEN JUNE 1, 1964, AND MAY 31, 1965, AT TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE, A PREDOMINANTLY NEGRO PRIVATE COLLEGE IN ALABAMA. THE TRAINEES WERE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 50, RURAL RESIDENTS, HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDS, UNSKILLED, UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED, BELOW THE EIGHTH GRADE LEVEL IN READING ABILITY, AND EARNED UNDER $1,200 ANNUALLY. FOLLOWUP DATA WAS PROVIDED BY INTERVIEWS WITH 127 TRAINEES, PROJECT STAFF, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS. THE CONCLUSIONS INCLUDED (1) THE OUTCOME OF THE PROJECT, FOR MANY TRAINEES, WAS A HIGH LEVEL OF OCCUPATIONAL COMPETENCE WHICH WAS REFLECTED IN THEIR HIGH RATES OF EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING-RELATED EMPLOYMENT, AND AFTER-TRAINING WAGE LEVELS, (2) THE DIFFICULTY IN RECRUITING THE HARD-CORE UNEMPLOYED WAS PARTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE STRONG DEPENDENCY RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE VERY POOR AND THEIR FARM LANDLORDS, (3) THE PROJECT STAFF WOULD HAVE BENEFITED FROM MORE TIME TO RECRUIT AND HIRE TEACHERS WHO KNEW THE PROBLEMS OF DEPRIVED ADULTS, (4) THE PROJECT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE EFFECTIVE HAD TRAINEES BEEN GIVEN FINANCIAL SUPPORT DURING THE PLACEMENT PHASE, AND (5) THE DIVISION OF PROJECT RESPONSIBILITIES BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WAS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AND COULD SERVE AS A MODEL FOR SIMILAR PROJECTS. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT CONTRACTS BE WRITTEN AND PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SOME FLEXIBILITY IN LENGTH OF TRAINING TIME, SELF-SELECTION OF TRAINING AREA BE CONSIDERED, SOME PROVISION BE MADE FOR TRAINEES TO ACQUIRE A WORK RECORD, AND AT LEAST TWO PERSONS BE WORKING ON JOB DEVELOPMENT FROM THE TIME THE PROJECT BEGINS. (ET)
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: ALABAMA; Alabama (Tuskegee); Manpower Development and Training Act; Tuskegee Institute AL