ERIC Number: ED382239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
WorkAbility: Making Careers More Accessible for Students with Disabilities at the Metropolitan Community Colleges. Final Report.
Metropolitan Community Colleges of Kansas City, MO.
The WorkAbility Program was a 3-year project initiated in October 1991 by the Metropolitan Community Colleges (MCC) in Kansas City, Missouri, to increase the employability of students with disabilities by addressing needs for career counseling, mentoring, job search skills preparation, and career-related work experiences. The five sections of this final report present data on outcomes and objectives, as well as supporting materials used in the project. The first section provides an overview of the project, while the second presents outcomes and programmatic adjustments related to eight goals: (1) recruit 300 students over the program period; (2) develop 45 employer worksites; (3) increase the employability of 270 recruited students; (4) place 225 students in career-related work experiences; (5) increase faculty and staff awareness of disabled students; (6) enable 75% of program graduates to transfer or find employment; (7) disseminate project information; and (8) institutionalize the program. This section indicates that 227 students participated in the program, 151 program participants improved their employability through job skills training, 106 program participants received career related work experiences, 60 employment sites were developed, and employee surveys indicated increased awareness of disability issues. Section III describes the program evaluation process, while section IV describes the impact of the program on disabled students and their counselors, community services providers, and faculty and staff. Finally, section V provides six appendixes containing student recruitment forms and handouts, employer training materials, faculty and staff training resources, information on dissemination efforts, evaluation instruments, and information on efforts to institutionalize the program in the MCC. (KP)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Community Colleges, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Outcomes of Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Student Recruitment, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Community Colleges of Kansas City, MO.
Identifiers: Missouri (Kansas City)