ERIC Number: ED331566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Community College and the Homeless: A Model for the Nation. Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program Final Evaluation Report.
Moehrlin, Cynthia D.
Established in 1981, the Alternatives Program at Elgin Community College (ECC) has provided services for displaced homemakers, single parents, welfare recipients, and homeless women, laying the groundwork for the 1988 formation of the Fox Valley Consortium for Job Training and Placement of the Homeless. Using federal funding, the Consortium offers job training and placement services to homeless people over 14 years of age; coordinates the activities of area service providers; and gathers demographic data on the homeless. In addition to ECC, consortium members include the Community Crisis Center, the Public Aid Office, the Salvation Army, and the Hispanic Community Based Organization. Program support services have included emergency food, shelter, clothing, child care, substance abuse counseling, medical care, tuition and books, and support groups/mentors. In addition, the program has provided basic skills training, intensive career and job search seminars, vocational training, English-as-a-Second-Language training, job placement assistance, and housing placement. In a holistic approach to individual case management, each program participant is assigned a "personal advocate" from the Alternatives staff. Program outcomes included the following: (1) of the 569 1988-89 program participants, 288 (50.6%) were placed in jobs, and 127 (44%) of these were still employed after 13 weeks; (2) of the 852 participants between 1989 and 1991, 296 were placed in jobs, and 144 (50.4%) of these were still employed after 13 weeks; (3) in both years, program enrollment, training, job placement and retention outcomes far exceeded the projected goals; and (4) while costs per job placement in similarly funded programs nationwide was $2,600, the Alternatives program spent only $520.83 per placement in the first year, and $1,534.80 in the second year. Detailed data tables, and a series of recommendations are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Vocational Education, Agency Cooperation, Basic Skills, Career Counseling, Caseworker Approach, Community Colleges, Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Counseling Services, Counselor Client Relationship, Day Care, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Programs, High School Equivalency Programs, Holistic Approach, Homeless People, Human Services, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Poverty, Program Evaluation, Social Services, Social Support Groups, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Elgin Community Coll., IL.
Identifiers: Elgin Community College IL; Fox Valley Consortium for the Homeless IL