ERIC Number: ED345791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Dislocated Worker Programs in Washington Community Colleges, Fall 1986 to Spring 1990. A Report Prepared by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Operations Report No. 92-1.
Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.
In 1992, a follow-up study was conducted by the Washington community colleges of students who had been enrolled in dislocated workers' programs between 1986 and 1990. The study sought to determine the current status of the students in terms of re-employment, job search skill development, and attitudes towards the programs. Study findings, based on responses from 564 program participants out of the 941 served during the four years, included the following: (1) 70% were employed by the time of the survey, with most returning to jobs within a few months of their job loss; (2) of the 30% not returning to work, half left the workforce as retirees or homemakers and half were looking for employment at the time of the survey; (3) of those re-employed, 47% gained jobs at the same or higher level of pay, 62% reported gaining secure jobs that paid a "family wage," 11% returned to the job from which they had been laid-off, and 53% held jobs related to their training; (4) Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance Act (EDWAA) trainees were significantly less likely to gain employment than Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA) students (57% versus 82%); (5) EDWAA trainees who were re-employed were much less likely than TAA students to report earning a "family wage" (47% versus 70%) and reported that gaining a job took one or two months longer than it did TAA participants; and (8) "satisfied" or "very satisfied" marks were given by 76% of respondents regarding the quality of instruction at the community colleges, by 30% regarding help with the trauma of job loss, by 25% regarding help finding needed social services, and by 61% regarding the help they received from the Job Training Partnership Act or the Job Service Center. Appendixes provide the survey instrument, data summaries, and a description of a focus group process used to gather qualitative data. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.