ERIC Number: ED042109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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The University of South Florida's Learning Center for Personal Employability. Final Progress Report.
University of South Florida, Tampa.
Conducted in Greater Tampa, Florida, from July 1966 through July 1968, this project was an effort to help unemployed or underemployed high school graduates aged 17-25 to acquire or upgrade work skills. Shorthand and typing courses, the Communications Clinic, and other curriculum elements were designed to correct deficiencies in basic educational and social skills and occupational information, as well as to provide placement services and personal and vocational counseling. Enrollees (516 in all, largely women) were recruited mainly through neighborhood centers and the Youth Opportunity Center. Trainees were evaluated on standardized tests of intelligence and educational achievement, employee selection instruments used locally, and vocational maturity scales. Innovative practices included hiring by personal interviews instead of written tests, and the use of programed instruction and immediate reinforcement. In terms of placement in meaningful jobs, encouragement of realistic aspirations, successful use of teachers with both work and teaching experience, impact of the Communications Clinic on verbal and nonverbal performance, and changes in local employment practices after businessmen had used the Tampa learning centers for interviewing, testing, and hiring, the project seemed to be particularly effective. (LY)
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Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa.