ERIC Number: ED263368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Adults Remember What's Important.
Briney, Margorie; Long, James S.
This 1984 study (1) estimated the more enduring benefits of a Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) prevocational program for those who completed the program in 1979; and (2) identified the features of the CETA program that completers recalled as having contributed to these benefits. The 18-week CETA prevocational program was offered by a community college for economically disadvantaged adults in an agricultural/industrial community of 55,000. The program included personal development, basic academic skills, and job skills and career planning. The researcher, who was also the CETA program coordinator in 1979, interviewed 19 of the 23 program completers by telephone. She searched for four kinds of anticipated benefits in their lives: economic (finding and keeping a job); educational (further schooling); personal (feelings of greater confidence, self-worth, ability to communicate); and social (membership in organizations, participation in community and government). The results of the survey showed that 10 persons were employed full-time, 5 part-time, and 2 were full-time students; before the 1979 program all were unemployed. The changes related to education showed that 1 person had completed high school, 7 had completed a high school equivalency program, 9 had taken vocational training, and 11 had taken college classes for credit. All but one of those contacted were more confident, and almost all reported a greater sense of self-worth, and better communications. In addition, 10 who had belonged to no organizations before the program had since joined a group. (This paper contains extensive advice on survey methodology.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Educational Benefits, Employment, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Interpersonal Competence, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Research Methodology, Self Actualization
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act