ERIC Number: ED203125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Wider Opportunities for Women Nontraditional Work Programs: A Guide.
Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., Washington, DC.
Since 1970, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), in Washington, D.C., has conducted programs to train and place disadvantaged women in nontraditional jobs. The results have been record-breaking: high placement rates, high job retention rates, good starting salaries, and upward mobility for women who seemed doomed to a life of poverty and dependence. This guide describes WOW's program and details what the organizers have learned in the process of conducting the program, as an outline and an incentive for other groups to design and implement such programs. Following an introduction that recounts WOW's successful training and placement of formerly disadvantaged women in such occupations as carpentry, electronics technology, and auto mechanics, the guide is divided into three main sections. The first section explains how the program was started, including forming an industry advisory committee, funding, budget, staffing the program, and selecting the trainees. The second section describes the program in action, including employment resources, classroom and laboratory instruction, counseling, and evaluation procedures. The final section, on jobs, discusses trainee placement and the work of the industry advisory committee, the public information specialist, and the employment resources specialist. An epilogue describes the formation of an alumnae association by the WOW graduates and their happiness at their new-found success. (KC)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Employment Opportunities, Employment Programs, Females, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Nontraditional Occupations, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Success, Training
Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., 1511 K St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: District of Columbia Dept. of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., Washington, DC.