ERIC Number: ED367828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Breaking with Tradition: Women and Nontraditional Training in the JTPA System. Final Report.
Pearce, Diana M.
A study analyzed the effects of Wider Opportunities for Women's (WOW) Nontraditional Employment Training (NET) Project. NET was designed to identify and demonstrate strategies to increase the number of women entering and succeeding at nontraditional training in the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) system. Three sites reflected differences in the JTPA system so that lessons learned in the demonstration would have wide application: Hartford, Connecticut; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the state of Montana. Four types of data were used: JTPA-mandated data, questionnaires filled by samples of trainees, eligibility data, and focus groups. In comparing the sites pre-NET with mid-NET, the study found that the number of women in nontraditional training increased, with this increase overwhelmingly concentrated in Milwaukee (Wisconsin). Comparisons of women on a variety of characteristics did not result in a distinctive profile of the "nontraditional woman." The Milwaukee site gave prospective trainees direct and positive exposure to nontraditional jobs, support services, and retention efforts. Other factors and issues, across all three sites, that contributed to success in nontraditional training for women were as follows: intake workers brought their own attitudes and experiences into the process; women needed the support of other women; JTPA structures and practices restricted programs' ability to respond to changing circumstances; and programming in each site had to be customized. (Appendixes include a list of suggestions from focus groups and 10 data tables.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Job Training Partnership Act 1982; Nontraditional Employment Training Project