ERIC Number: ED375245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-31
Reference Count: N/A
Mid-Atlantic Regional Training Center for Residential Construction Trades. Final Program Evaluation Report.
Wasdyke (R. G.) & Associates, Annapolis, MD.; Home Builders Inst., Washington, DC.
A group of partners headed by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) created the Mid-Atlantic Regional Training (MART) Center for Residential Construction, with a primary focus on providing education and training services related to the masonry and carpentry trades at existing institutions in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The center provided training and support services to 263 persons and numerous residential construction companies in these states. An evaluation of the program showed that the center was particularly successful in recruiting minorities (almost 50 percent were African American compared to 5 percent of carpenters nationwide) and women (about 10 percent, compared to 1 percent of carpenters nationwide). Two 26-week worksite-based training sessions were held. Worksite instruction involved framing homes under contract with local builders. The center was successful in creating partnerships with local builders and the industry and leveraging private and public resources. The regional center approach attracted the attention of national companies and made project cooperation easier. Students were offered such services as transportation, job placement and career counseling and were given basic tools. Ninety-nine percent (113) of the persons who graduated from MART obtained jobs in the construction industry, with older workers more likely to graduate from the program. In addition, the program developed skills standards for 89 carpenter framer tasks. The program evaluation determined that MART met or exceeded its objectives and that such a center is an extremely effective approach to training workers. (Appendices include a carpenter framer questionnaire, duties, and tasks and the MART performance tests.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wasdyke (R. G.) & Associates, Annapolis, MD.; Home Builders Inst., Washington, DC.