ERIC Number: ED215137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Job Corps: Back to Basics. A Proven Program for Academic Assessment.
Emmitt, Robert J.; Argento, Barry J.
County Manpower Report, Oct 1975
Since its beginning in 1965, the Job Corps has enrolled more than a million impoverished and undereducated 16- to 21-year-olds in an intensive program of re-education and job skills training. The Job Corps' basic education program uses the systems approach to instruction in reading, mathematics, and high school equivalency subjects; and incorporates a number of teaching methodologies, of which the most prominent is programed instruction. The advantages of the systems approach in providing individualized diagnosis of skills and instruction, promoting early success, and adapting to the input of new students at any time have made it the most distinctive and unchanging feature of Job Corps basic education. Vocational education, teaching the skills of 165 occupations, also uses the systems approach, although it is modified because of the variety of content that must be taught. The basic education program teaches reading on three levels: grades 0 to 3.4, 3.5 to 7.4, and advanced; and mathematics on various levels following a skills hierarchy from whole numbers through fractions, to consumer mathematics. All students are prescreened for skill levels and proceed at their own pace, using the Sullivan Associates "Programmed Reading" series, selections from anthologies and story-cards, and the Sullivan "Programmed Math for Adults" along with work books and specially prepared Job Corps material. High school equivalency courses (GED) are also taught through programed methods with students moving through the 24 units at their own pace. Evaluation of students in Job Crops educational programs has shown a high rate of success; these methods may be of interest to Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) Prime Sponsors. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Educational Objectives, Federal Programs, High School Equivalency Programs, Job Training, Mathematics Instruction, Outcomes of Education, Program Content, Program Effectiveness, Programed Instruction, Programed Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction, Systems Approach, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Job Corps