ERIC Number: ED265715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Training Opportunities Program: Special Edducation Component, 1983-1984. Final Evaluation Report.
Futterman, Robert; And Others
The Training Opportunities Program (TOP), a work experience and training program for New York City high school students, is designed to place students, as trainees, in agencies and businesses with equipment, facilities, and human resources not available in the public schools. In 1983-84, the third year of the program's operation, TOP was funded to serve 2,000 students. TOP has operated a special education component from its inception in 1982-82; this component operates from the Placement and Referral Center for the Handicapped of the Division of Special Education. The program is administered by donated staff from the Placement and Referral Center. The special education component served 255 students in 1983-84. In May, 1984, the program had 174 active trainees at 96 training sites. The 1983-84 evaluation consisted of a descriptive analysis of the special education component, in-person interviews with TOP staff and special education trainees, and telephone interviews with training site supervisors (employers). The majority of the respondents were supportive of the program and had positive attitudes about its activities and outcomes. All of the trainees said they benefitted from participating in the program and cited the practical work experience, new skills, and job seeking strategies learned as major benefits. Eighty-one percent of the supervisors said their agencies would participate in the program next year and cited the trainee stipend, paid by TOP, and the mutual benefits gained by both students and employers as the primary reasons for their continued involvement in the program. (Author/CL)]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn. Office of Educational Assessment.