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ERIC Number: ED021130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Pages: 25
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A STUDY OF FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH OUTCOMES OF MDTA AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PROJECTS IN THE SOMERSET AREA. FINAL REPORT.
GOUGH, LOWELL A.; ROWE, HAROLD R.
THREE MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING ACT (MDTA) AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION COURSES WERE EVALUATED TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY ARE A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR TRAINING FARM WORKERS TO PROFITABLY PROVIDE PRODUCTS FOR A DIVERSIFIED FARM MARKET. A SURVEY OF 233 ENROLLEES DURING TRAINING, AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICE FOLLOWUP RECORDS PROVIDED INFORMATION FOR PRE- AND POST-TRAINING COMPARISON. APPROXIMATELY 97 PERCENT OF FORMER GENERAL PROGRAM TRAINEES, 90 PERCENT OF THE FARM HAND PROGRAM TRAINEES, BUT ONLY 5 PERCENT OF THE GARDENER PROGRAM TRAINEES WERE EMPLOYED IN THE TYPE OF JOB FOR WHICH THEY WERE TRAINED. THE ANNUAL GROSS INCOME OF THE TRAINEES BEFORE ENTERING THE PROGRAM AVERAGED $700 AND THE WEIGHTED AVERAGE OF ALL INCOMES REPORTED BY EMPLOYED TRAINEES AFTER 3 MONTHS, 6 MONTHS, AND 1 YEAR WAS APPROXIMATELY $2,500 PER YEAR. AN INDEPTH ANALYSIS OF INTERVIEWS WITH 19 FARMER GENERAL TRAINEES INDICATED THAT THE COST OF MDTA FARMER GENERAL PROGRAM IS REALIZABLE WITHIN 3 YEARS OF THE TRAINING. CONCLUSIONS WERE THAT (1) MDTA FARMER GENERAL AND FARM HAND GENERAL COURSES ARE A GOOD EDUCATIONAL INVESTMENT, (2) MDTA FARMER GENERAL AND FARM HAND GENERAL COURSES WILL PROVIDE A DIRECT SOLUTION TO THE RURAL POVERTY AND AN INDIRECT SOLUTION TO THE URBAN POVERTY PROBLEMS, AND (3) MDTA FARMER GENERAL AND FARM HAND GENERAL COURSES WILL MAKE ADDITIONS TO THE ECONOMY OF KENTUCKY AND SUPPLY THE DEMANDS OF A DIVERSIFIED FARM MARKET. (DM)
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Authoring Institution: Kentucky Research Coordinating Unit, Lexington.; Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Bureau of Vocational Education.; Somerset Employment Service, KY.
Identifiers: KENTUCKY; Manpower Development and Training Act