ERIC Number: ED196487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Weisz, Vera C.
Project HIRE is a special program conducted by Middlesex Community College since October 1978 to help people 55 years of age and older find paid employment. The specific goals of the project, as it was originally conceived, were to: (1) open three intake centers; (2) register clients at the centers; (3) provide career counseling; (4) offer workshops in writing resumes and job-seeking skills; (5) locate jobs for clients; (6) place clients; (7) act as an advocate for the rights of older citizens; (8) publicize the project in area media; (9) maintain records and prepare monthly reports; (10) provide the community with a bank of skilled workers; and (11) utilize interns and volunteers. After initial publicity efforts, which included media coverage and mailings to area employers and service agencies, client interview and job matching processes were developed which eventually placed 106 clients in jobs ranging in pay from $3.10 to $5.00 an hour. In all, 390 older adults were added to the active client file, 1,460 employers were contacted, 409 jobs were developed, and 17 people were registered in the skills bank. The project was encumbered by the occasional imbalance between job applicants and openings, the lack of jobs sufficiently interesting and remunerative, and the time-consuming nature of client follow-up. The project now operates with a greatly reduced staff and has therefore eliminated its counseling component and restricted intake, matching and follow-up activities. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Middlesex Community Coll., Bedford, MA.