ERIC Number: ED298333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Palo Alto College Working To Increase Skills and Employability (PAC-WISE). Project No. 88104012 Report. Series PVEP-1040 Sub A.
Palo Alto Coll., San Antonio, TX.
The PAC-WISE program provided 150 hours of skills training in office occupations to single parents and homemakers with a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Recruitment was effected mainly through GED classes and a flyer in the lobby of the administration building. Selection was based on need according to a three-point system that considered economic disadvantage, lack of skills or work experience, and number of minor children. Successful candidates were pretested using a test with questions on grammar, spelling, and telephone etiquette. The same test was given as a posttest. Classes were held five hours a day, five days a week, for six weeks. They included 10 hours of career guidance, 20 hours of job search skills, 10 hours of personal and professional development, 20 hours of computer use, 10 hours of office procedures, 20 hours of grammar, and 60 hours of typewriting. Student evaluations were extremely positive in regard to the program and individual instructors. The most frequent comment was that the program should be longer. Students found employment or were registered for vocational classes. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Palo Alto Coll., San Antonio, TX.