ERIC Number: ED234201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-3
Reference Count: 0
A Study to Conduct an Analysis of Fall Out among Low-Income Head of Household Women Seeking Employment. Final Report.
Knox, Josephine J.
This study was conducted to identify factors that affect disadvantaged women in their efforts to gain long-term employment or to complete vocational and technical education programs. Following a review of literature, a questionnaire was prepared and administered to 160 disadvantaged women in Texas. An analysis of the questionnaire responses identified a number of factors. Two factors that were consistently identified by all subjects were (1) the lack of marketable skills and (2) the lack of supportive services, particularly child care. Other inhibiting factors identified included financial difficulties; study, time management, and transportation problems; and inadequate socialization to work or education requirements. These were further hampered by a lack of competent career guidance and personal counseling as well as by a general lack of employment information and educational opportunities. The facilitating factors most consistently identified were child care assistance, financial aid for both education and employment assistance training programs, short-term employment and education programs that result in marketable skills, and job readiness assistance. The study concluded that (1) to increase successful completion of education programs by disadvantaged women, support services, particularly child care and financial aid, must be made available to this population and (2) although such help may facilitate the completion of job readiness programs, they do not ensure long-term employment because the participants do not always acquire skills in the programs for long-term employment. Recommendations were made to the National Women's Employment and Education, Inc.; to San Antonio College; and to Texas policymakers to improve programs to ensure success for disadvantaged women. (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Disadvantaged, Displaced Homemakers, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Employed Women, Employment Problems, Females, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: San Antonio Coll., TX.