ERIC Number: ED235950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Itinerant Manpower Services, 1978-1979.
The Rural Itinerant Manpower Services Project, a joint venture of Portable Practical Education Preparation, Inc. (PPED) and Arizona's Department of Economic Security (DES), is a modified mobile service delivery model. It seeks unsubsidized employment for and provides social services to Southern Arizona's migrant/seasonal farmworkers and rural poor who normally neither have nor seek access to traditional service delivery offices. Operating on a $250,000 federal grant, the project involves indigenous community service workers who, with PPED coordinators and DES "generalists" trained in employability and other social services, travel to itinerant points to provide or initiate services for clients. The program, which relies on various mobile equipment such as trailers, vans, and portable job bank units, features strong interagency coordination and tailors specific arrangements, logistics, and operations to each county served. Placing 335 individuals in jobs in the first year of operation, the program appears sound and cost effective. It facilitates provision of federal and state services to rural clients who respond well to the community workers. The efforts of a public service agency and a community-based organization are complementary and the program is easily expandable to other agencies. The successful program has yet to fulfill its potential. (SB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Services, Farm Labor, Federal Aid, Indigenous Personnel, Migrant Education, Migrant Workers, Mobile Educational Services, Models, Outreach Programs, Rural Areas, Rural Population, Social Services
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona