ERIC Number: ED292526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Educational and Training Needs of Public Housing Residents. A Survey of the Residents in Creighton and Hillside Public Housing, Richmond, Virginia.
Allan, Beverly; And Others
In 1987, a study was conducted by the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC) to identify the level and kinds of educational training wanted by residents of the Creighton and Hillside public housing developments, the support and assistance RRHA might offer residents to gain employment, and the residents' interest in job skills training. Interview teams, pairing RRHA and JSRCC staff members, surveyed a random sample of 10% of all 790 apartments in the two housing developments. Study findings included the following: (1) of the 79 persons interviewed, 99% were black and 89% were female; (2) 77% had not graduated from high school, and 76% were not employed; (3) though only 25% of the respondents stated that lack of education or training had ever been a stumbling block to a better job, 96% felt that if they had more education they could earn more money; (4) of the 89% of the respondents who expressed an interest in more education, 53% were interested in studying to pass the General Educational Development exam, 64% wanted to take special courses to learn a skill, and 38% were interested in earning a college certificate or associate degree; (5) 79% said they would take classes if they were offered at the housing development; (6) respondents expressed the greatest interest in courses in nursing, child care, computer operations, and data entry, though nearly 50% of the programs selected were from the "Personal Care" category; and (7) problems related to child care and transportation were the major barriers to class attendance. The survey instrument and response data are included. (UCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll., Richmond, VA. Office of Educational Planning and Research.