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ERIC Number: ED377903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 20
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NEW Work for Women: A Model Program for Nontraditional Careers.
de Wit, Kathleen S.
The NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women Act) Work for Women project at Dundalk Community College (DCC) encourages and assists women in entering nontraditional fields, especially the building and construction trades. The program provides comprehensive services in outreach and awareness of nontraditional careers, career counseling, education, training, job placement, and retention assistance. The target population includes women who meet Job Training Partnership Act eligibility requirements, are at least 18 years of age, are Baltimore County residents, and have basic reading and math skills. The majority of the program's clients have been classified as "low income" according to federal guidelines, or have been recipients of unemployment benefits or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). A variety of channels have been used for recruitment, including activities focusing on AFDC recipients and employment specialists. Interested, eligible women are invited to a 1-day workshop on nontraditional employment, followed by an assessment day where the Adult Basic Learning Examination, Holland Self-Directed Search, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are administered. A personal interview and individualized program plan follow. Selected women enter a 12-week intensive pre-apprenticeship program providing training in industrial measurements, career and life skills, physical condition, basic skills, blueprint reading, occupational safety and health, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and first aid. Partnerships with business and labor provide job placement linkages, and job retention is increased through mentor support. Program results exceeded grant goals; 600 women attended the AFDC presentation; 77 attended the one-day workshop; 63 women were assessed; 35 enrolled in the NEW program; 27 graduated; and (6) 26 were placed into nontraditional jobs. Program challenges include recruitment, dispelling myths about male dominated careers, placing women in the building trades during a recession, and working within federal program time constraints, (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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