ERIC Number: ED315583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Training Hispanics: Implications for the JTPA System. Special Report Number 27.
National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.
This report (1) focuses on issues that have caused Hispanics to be underserved by training programs funded under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA); (2) discusses the implications of these issues for the success of the JTPA system in meeting its goal of training economically disadvantaged people; and (3) presents specific recommendations for improving the system's ability to meet this goal. Based on six national hearings, the report describes how the system operates from the perspectives of those who run it at the state and local levels. Following an introduction to the problem, the report begins by discussing how the amount of JTPA funds and the formula for distributing them across the nation have affected Hispanics' opportunities for participating in training. The next section explains how the law's criteria for determining eligibility unintentionally make many economically disadvantaged Hispanics ineligible for Title IIA programs. This section also discusses the documentation required to verify eligibility and how these requirements affect Hispanics' interest in participating. The next two sections turn to decisions made at the state and local level. These sections make two points. First, the presence of Hispanics (or others willing to act as their advocates) in policymaking positions can be critical to the direction the programs take. Second, the ways states and localities implement several of the functions assigned to them by JTPA strongly affect the likelihood that economically disadvantaged Hispanics will enroll. The final section provides conclusions and recommendations. Appendices contain: (1) a list of the six hearings with names of the witnesses who appeared at the hearings; (2) a discussion of data problems as a possible explanation for Hispanics' underrepresentation; and (3) a description of "The Hispanic Factor" in the performance standards adjustment models of the U.S. Department of Labor. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Community Programs, Compliance (Legal), Disadvantaged, Eligibility, Employment Programs, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Hispanic Americans, Job Training, Minority Groups, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Standards, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982