ERIC Number: ED146483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Outreach Counseling: The Essential Element: Support to Indo-Chinese Refugees.
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD. Dept. of Adult Education.
The obvious problems encountered by the Indo-Chinese refugees coming into the United States were accentuated by the confusion, swiftness, and finality of the massive exodus. The concept of an outreach counseling program was developed to assist the Indo-Chinese in overcoming those barriers standing between them and a goal of self-sufficiency within the American culture. While this model program was designed for Indo-Chinese refugees it would be applicable to any immigrant population. Refugees needed assistance and counseling in the transition to a job environment. They needed to know requirements and qualifications for specific jobs, factors to be considered in making a career choice, and the differences between job requirements in the United States and in their native country. To help sovle these problems, a program of career, educational, and vocational counseling, accompanied by assessment of immediate and long-range goals and needs, was begun in an effort coordinated with existing programs. Indo-Chinese and American counselors and volunteers were used in a team approach in an attempt at cultural interaction and ensuing understanding. This Montgomery County project focused on participants in two programs: (1) CETA/ESOL (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) and (2) ABE/ESOL (Adult Basic Education): CETA/ESOL is designed to meet needs in language and job skill training, job counseling, and placement. ABE/ESOL is designed to meet the needs of Montgomery County residents also classified as disadvantaged because of limited English language proficiency and educational background. (Author/CKJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD. Dept. of Adult Education.
Note: This work was subsidized by ESEA Title V funds