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ERIC Number: ED214557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Pages: 81
Abstractor: N/A
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An Assessment of a Community College Reentry Program for Women.
Forrest, Joy Davis
In 1980, a study was conducted to determine the characteristics, attitudes, and subsequent experiences of women who had completed the Women's Education Development Incentive (WENDI) re-entry program at Brevard Community College, Florida, in 1977. From the original mailing of 79 questionnaires, 33 usable responses were returned. Two-thirds of the respondents were between the ages of 40 and 60; 40% were unmarried; 27% were divorced; and nearly half were high school graduates. Of the respondents, 82% were working, with 51.8% of these women employed in clerical occupations. As had been hypothesized, women who completed the program reported increased self-confidence, improved family and co-worker relationships, and greater ability to be assertive and make decisions. Unexpectedly, only 39.4% of the respondents had returned to school after completing WENDI. Single heads of households supporting children (27.3% of the respondents) tended to be younger, have less education, and have lower family incomes than the 30.3% of the respondents who were married working women with children. The study revealed needs for: (1) further study of single women heading households; (2) strong encouragement for re-entry women to enter non-traditional occupations which offer higher wages and better benefits; (3) increased efforts to place women in well paying positions offering on-the-job training; and (4) the provision of role models. A review of relevant literature and the questionnaire are included. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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