ERIC Number: ED378369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
School to Employment Program. 1992-1993 Annual Report.
Bennett, Barbara K.; Donnelly, Margaret
The School to Employment Program (STEP) operated during 1992-93 as an employment-oriented program served economically disadvantaged, out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-21, with special emphasis on 18- and 19-year-olds. Program participants were provided an opportunity to engage in work experience or on-the-job training, to improve academic skills, and to receive counseling and referral to supportive services. During the program year, 738 young people participated in the program at 18 sites throughout New York State. Data showed that participants obtained an average posttest reading grade equivalent of 10.2 in comparison to an average pretest reading grade level of 8.2, or a 2.0 grade-level gain. In math, participants achieved an average gain of 1.5 grade levels with an average pretest score at the 7.8 grade level and a posttest grade level of 9.3. In all but two programs, participants demonstrated mastery of all three subtests of the World of Work "work maturity" test. In over half of the STEP programs, 30 percent or more of the participants obtained unsubsidized employment and one-fifth of all participants obtained their general equivalency diploma. The majority of respondents to an employer survey saw an improvement in the participants' work attitude and vocational skills; 85 percent said they would participate again. Over 90 percent of participants said the program helped them develop or improve their career plans. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Dept. of Labor, Albany. Div. of Research and Statistics.
Identifiers - Location: New York