ERIC Number: ED031243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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Evaluation of the First Year of Operation of the Contra Costa College Mobile Counseling Center.
Gordon, Anthony T.
Contra Costa College tried several ways to reach potential students who were unaware that they were eligible or even that the college had anything to offer them. Articulation with high schools, contacts with other agencies, and the mass media were of little help. The idea of a central, off-campus counseling center was abandoned in favor of the Mobile Counseling Center. It began operating in 1967. Its aims were to provide service for dropouts, whatever the cause; extended counseling service for the community; stronger connections with other agencies; easy access to material on educational programs, upgrading courses, financial aid, career planning; a decrease of frustration by working with the client in his own environment; individual and group counseling to foster valid decisions; a better college image; and recruitment of students. Staffed by a counselor-driver and clerk, the van is limited to the area where most of the disadvantaged live; it works as an extension of the regular college counseling service. Other agencies welcomed the unit. It did not duplicate their work, but removed a specific service from their load. A modified therapeutic approach helps the client first identify his need (job, school, or both) and choose from several ways of filling it. The author discusses referrals, interviews, client characteristics, and how to orient to a career those who live amid unemployment. The author's evaluation and the response to a questionnaire show a high degree of success for the center. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Contra Costa Coll., San Pablo, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California