ERIC Number: ED179778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Displaced Homemakers: A CETA Program Model, Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Divorced, widowed, or separated women need help in three basic areas in the transition from sheltered home life to the world of work: (1) in recognizing their own interests and abilities; (2) in obtaining up-to-date, salable skills; and (3) in finding support services, such as counseling, job placement, peer group support, and role models. A Homemakers Re-entry Program (HRP) addressing these needs was developed using CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) funding. It enrolled groups of women every three months following an assessment and testing preselection phase. The HRP, stressing individual development rather than skills development per se, involved orientation for self-assessment and study of career options, a work experience component consisting of two two-month stints working for nonprofit agencies, and a final two-week job-readiness seminar or series of workshops. Some women chose basic education or other training prior to the work experience, and some were referred to CETA for courses following graduation from the HRP. Weekly seminars and peer support continued throughout the five-month HRP. As-yet incomplete evaluation of HRP's model (i.e., first-year operation) indicates considerable success, although low job retention of graduates is troublesome. Increased counseling and followup services should accompany program continuation. (Relevant evaluation forms, agendas, and questionnaires are appended.) (CP)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adult Basic Education, Adult Counseling, Displaced Homemakers, Homemakers, Job Placement, Peer Acceptance, Role Models, Self Evaluation, Skill Development, Vocational Adjustment, Work Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act