ERIC Number: ED287975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Special Programs for Single Parents/Displaced Homemakers. Final Report from October 1986 to June 30, 1987.
Gulf Coast Community Coll., Panama City, FL.
The Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Program at Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City, Florida) targeted a population of women who generally had a high school diploma and needed moral support, direction, and financial assistance in returning to college to pursue higher-level vocational programs. (Because citizens in the rural panhandle area served by the college are highly conservative, it is difficult to encourage women to go into nontraditional occupations, and almost impossible without assistance.) The project received approximately $37,000 to attempt to recruit 60-80 potential students and to place 70 percent of them in programs or courses that would eventually lead to employment for at least 29. The project far exceeded expectations in that 384 women were recruited. Of those, 158 enrolled in a "Returning Woman" course or a vocational college program. Only 13 women received financial assistance. Since all programs are one-year certificate or two-year degree, no students had completed a training program for job placement at the time this report was written. Close linkages were developed with offices on campus such as student development, financial aid, Job Training Partnership Act, public relations, and lifelong learning. Networking with community agencies resulted in referrals and recruitment of advisory committee members. During the next year, emphasis will be placed on coordination of individual and group counseling with student development and community agencies, coordination of noncredit classes with the office of lifelong learning, and coordination of financial assistance with the Job Training Partnership Act. (Attachments to the 14-page project report include project publicity, brochures, the module "Math for Returning Women," correspondence, and forms.) (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Career Choice, College Programs, Displaced Homemakers, Employment Programs, Job Placement, Job Training, Mothers, Nontraditional Occupations, One Parent Family, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Services, Social Support Groups, Student Recruitment, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Vocational, Adult, and Community Education.
Authoring Institution: Gulf Coast Community Coll., Panama City, FL.
Note: Attachment VII, the COPS Interest Inventory, was removed due to copyright restrictions. Some pages printed on colored paper.