ERIC Number: ED382843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The SUNY Bridge Program: A Workforce Preparation Success Story.
James, Robert D.; And Others
The State University of New York (SUNY) Bridge Program is a federally funded work force preparation program that was initiated in October 1992 to help mothers receiving welfare achieve self-sufficiency by helping them acquire job skills. The program is housed at the Urban League of Northeastern New York and SUNY's 10 educational opportunity centers, which are located across the state. Although a state contract governs the Bridge Program, program specifics are determined by local negotiations between Bridge sites and the local school districts they serve. Since its inception, the Bridge Program has evolved from a program providing a mix of short-term and long-term education and training with job placement as its primary goal to a program providing short-term skills training and efforts to get welfare recipients into employment at the earliest possible time. In its second year, Bridge placed 1,308 welfare recipients into meaningful employment. The third phase of Bridge that is now under development will serve the dual purpose of helping New York State meet the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills program enrollment level necessary to avoid federal penalties and piloting a new workfare-centered model of welfare employment preparation. Two tables are appended. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York; State University of New York; Welfare to Work Programs
Note: Paper presented at the League for Innovation in the Community College Conference (San Diego, CA, February 8-11, 1995).