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ERIC Number: ED348105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Supporting Displaced Workers for Successful Retraining.
Bugler, Helen; Newhook, Brenda
In response to the closure and down-sizing of fish plants in Newfoundland, Cabot College (CC) established a Student Support Services Unit (SSSU) to offer special counseling and advising services to the more than 100 students expected to undertake vocational retraining at CC under the province's Fisheries Adjustment Program. The SSSU hired two student counselors, who, under the direction of a coordinator, supplied and monitored a peer tutoring service, offered information seminars, and established an academic resource bank. The SSSU adopted an open-door policy requiring no prior appointments by students, and initiated a program of group interaction to ease the transition from work to school. Each student entering the retraining program met with a counselor for an initial"get-acquainted" interview. Group sessions, which met three times each week, addressed such student-identified topics as how to read a textbook; note-taking skills; preparing for tests; and coping with stress. During the sessions, students reported having problems of low self-esteem, a disruption of family life, and feelings of isolation from their spouses. For a specific group of 22 students planning to enter a nursing assistant course, a special preliminary curriculum was developed, covering such areas as computers, mathematics, life skills, student success, and orientation to the role of nursing assistant. All 20 of the students who completed the course eventually found union-scale employment as nursing assistants. Of the more than 100 students who entered the program in the first year, only three were terminated, representing an attrition rate much lower than that of CC's mainstream student body. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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