ERIC Number: ED246260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-21
Reference Count: 0
Unemployed Tuition Waiver Project Conducted in the College's Service Area of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania during the Fall 1983 Semester and the Spring 1984 Semester.
Connor, William A.
Northampton County Area Community College implemented a program of tuition waiver for unemployed adult residents of its sponsor area on a space-available basis in credit courses only. In addition to providing relief and a positive interventionary program to aid the unemployed, the project tested certain hypotheses concerning the nature of training and retraining for dislocated workers. It was found that project participants experienced a grade point average less, but not significantly less, than their college-wide counterparts. An analysis of student course selection, by division, clearly showed that enrollees had jobs in mind when they made their choices. Responses to a participant post-survey indicated that the unemployed were not likely to return to former employers and needed to consider how best to market themselves; 16 participants indicated that the program aided them in securing work, although only 10 had secured work; and almost 60 percent felt the program added a skill or ability to their resume that will aid their reemployment. A survey of selected college offices showed that some additional demands were made on college support services and staff. (Some sample forms are attached.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Northampton County Area Community Coll., Bethlehem, PA.