ERIC Number: ED341771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Wizard of Work. V.A. Employment & Training Project. The Magic Continues. Final Report & Project Analysis.
Gaither, Dick; Baker, John
An Indianapolis (Indiana) project gave disadvantaged junior high and high school students summer jobs in various departments of a Veterans' Administration hospital. The project combined work with at least 1 hour per day of computerized instruction in basic mathematics and language, work maturity, and specific job competencies. Rules were strict, and students were terminated for violating rules or missing work without a valid reason. Supervisors were always present to resolve any problems, to help the students, and to assure staff that students were under control. Approximately 50 students initially signed up for the program. Of the 34 students who completed the project, 30 passed a job competence performance survey. More than half the students had perfect attendance, and most of the rest had 90-99 percent attendance rates. Hospital supervisors were very pleased with most students' performances; many wrote letters of recommendation for their student-trainees, and some supervisors even bought clothes and school supplies for them. Hospital staff expressed interest in repeating the project again the next summer. (This report contains 32 charts and graphs of project results, transparency masters, project forms, publicity materials, letters of recommendation for students, and a certificate of project completion.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Job Search Training Systems, Inc., Nineveh, IN.