ERIC Number: ED336162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Jobs, Welfare, and Links with Education.
Curtis, LeaAnn; Murphrey, Suzanne
The federally mandated welfare program Jobs Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) was preceded in Kansas by KANWORK, a pilot effort in four counties designed to initiate job preparedness and esteem-building programs. KANWORK, which was to be mandatory for certain public assistance recipients, included education, job skills training, job readiness activities, job development and placement, supervised and unsupervised job searches, job club, on-the-job training, community work experience, and support services such as child care, transportation, and special financial allowances. Self-esteem enhancement activities have been built into all phases of KANWORK. According to the KANWORK summary report for fiscal year 1989, 3,852 Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) clients were screened and, of these, 1,150 individuals were placed in jobs. In Garden City, one of the four KANWORK sites, the program's impact on welfare recipients, Garden City Community College (GCCC), and the local office of Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services (KSRS) has been considerable. At the KSRS, six staff members, including 3 caseworkers with a case load of 150 clients each, were hired to teach job seeking skills, solicit work experience sites, develop an interview clothing bank, and develop life skills management and volunteer mentoring programs. Prior to KANWORK, the Adult Learning Center at GCCC only offered individual tutoring geared for pre-General Educational Development instruction. In less than 3 months, KANWORK clients had swelled the tutoring program to overflowing, necessitating the addition of four classes in basic reading, mathematics, and writing. KANWORK has also referred 240 individuals to GCCC for enrollment in vocational and academic programs. (PAA)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Annual National Conference on Teaching Excellence (13th, Austin, TX, May 19-22, 1991).