ERIC Number: ED222225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Careers for Homemakers (A Displaced Homemakers Program).
St. Louis Community College's Careers for Homemakers program is a vocational counseling program designed to help displaced homemakers enter the job market for the first time or after a significant absence. The program's goal is to place participants, chosen according to academic or economic disadvantaged eligibility, in jobs consistent with their capabilities. The program offers career interest testing; monthly job readiness skills workshops on topics such as confidence building, resume preparation, job interview skills, and stress management; use of an up-to-date job bank, the college job placement center, and state and private employment agencies; referrals to college facilities and services; a job club, which provides support, information, assistance, and job referrals to program participants who are considered job ready; a bi-monthly support group supplying reinforcement and encouragement to participants adjusting to the world of work; and weekly assertiveness training classes on dealing with anxiety and developing positive coping skills and self-images. The program provides facilities and resources to a segment of the population often underserved by social service programs, segregated into low paying jobs, and discriminated against on the basis of age. Since its inception, the program has served 1,820 displaced homemakers, 35% of whom have found employment in unsubsidized jobs. Such programs should be supported and expanded in the interest of full national employment. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Community Coll., MO.