ERIC Number: ED355980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The GAIN Linkages Internship Project Final Report: Bridging the Gap between Education and Employment.
Johnson, Karen; Petersen, Kim
The Greater Avenues for Independence Linkages Internship Project (GAIN-LIP), administered by the Occupational Training Institute of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District (FDCCD) in Cupertino, California, is designed to assist recipients of Aide to Families with Dependent Children develop job skills that allow them to become self-sufficient. Participants, who are enrolled through GAIN in vocational programs in the FDCCD, undertake 12-week internships with area businesses, working from 12 to 20 hours each week and earning course credit during the internship period. The first step in implementing GAIN-LIP was the establishment of an advisory committee. Recruitment materials were mailed to 350 members of private industry, leading to the formation of a 22-member advisory committee consisting of 59% private industry. Then, a survey of 350 local businesses and community organizations was undertaken (250 mailed surveys, 100 phone surveys), revealing that 31% were interested in participating in the project and leading to the establishment of a database of 59 internship opportunities. Next, internship needs were identified through a survey of 100 GAIN students and 50 FDCCD faculty and staff, with 75% of the student respondents indicating interest in participating. Following attendance at special workshops, six students undertook internships from January to March 1992, while nine more participated from March through June. Visits made to the internship sites indicated that for all 15 sites, responses were positive. Finally, other internship projects were examined and results of the GAIN-LIP project were disseminated at state workshops and through FDCCD publications. Advisory committee and employer recruitment letters, participant questionnaires, sample student profile forms, project promotional flyers, and GAIN-LIP newsletters are attached. (PAA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Institutional Cooperation, Internship Programs, Job Skills, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Welfare Recipients, Work Experience Programs
Occupational Training Institute, 1765 Scott Blvd., Suite #210, Santa Clara, CA 95050 ($6).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: Foothill-De Anza Community Coll. District, Cupertino, CA. Occupational Training Inst.