ERIC Number: ED348540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Job Training Partnership Act. Actions Needed To Improve Participant Support Services. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
An assessment was made of the extent to which participants enrolled in programs funded by Title IIA of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) receive support services that enable them to attend training. Specifically, the study sought to determine the following: (1) the extent of participant support that local JTPA programs provide; (2) the relationship between such support and program participants' success; and (3) the degree to which support is provided through coordination arrangements with other sources. A mailed questionnaire was used to survey all 628 JTPA service delivery areas (SDAs), with an 89 percent response rate, and 5 SDAs were visited. Analysis of survey data showed that SDAs spent about 9 percent of their JTPA Title IIA funds for participant support, although some of this money was actually used for work experience, which does not facilitate access to training. In the five SDAs studied, about 20 percent more single parent participants who received one support service (child care) completed the program and/or found jobs than did single parents who did not receive child care. About half the SDAs responding to the survey had coordination agreements with other agencies to provide some supportive services. Recommendations were made that the Labor Department provide guidance to SDAs on how to obtain funds for supportive services and how to enhance the services through coordination with other agencies. (The report includes 15 tables and 14 figures.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Compliance (Legal), Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Institutional Cooperation, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.