ERIC Number: ED337315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting Northern Arizona's Supported Employment Training Needs.
Martin, William E., Jr.; And Others
In 1989 Northern Arizona University established a Supported Employment Training Center (SETC) to increase the number of trained job coaches in northern Arizona and provide knowledge and skills in supported employment to personnel from cooperating schools and agencies. First-year SETC activities focused on assessment of the training needs of supported employment staff in northern Arizona service programs. Structured interviews were conducted with 52 program personnel (administrators and job coaches) and 21 employers involved with programs. The highest ranked training needs were: (1) for administrators: employee training, and job and task analysis; and (2) for job coaches: applied behavioral analysis, and job retention techniques. The topic ranked highest by cooperating employers was the job coach's relationship with employees, employers, and families, followed by job development and marketing and promoting public awareness. Job coaches had minimal or no techniques and skills that they lacked. Job coaches had minimal or no formal job coach education and limited inservice training. In addition, low salaries and lack of a career path offered little incentive to remain in the field. SETC staff used the results of the needs assessment to develop training topics, which were then offered to participants through college classroom instruction, supervised practice, teleconferencing, videotape instruction, and 1-day workshops. Recommendations are offered for a career path for supported employment personnel, involving certification and associate and bachelor degree programs. This paper contains approximately 10 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arizona; Job Coaches
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).