ERIC Number: ED395167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-15
Reference Count: N/A
Building College and Community Services for Single Parents and Displaced Homemakers. PY95 Final Detailed Report.
Austin Community Coll., TX.
The Building College and Community Services for Single Parents and Displaced Homemakers Project at Austin Community College (Texas) successfully achieved its goals for Project Year 1994-95. Formative and summative methods of evaluation show that the project accomplished the following: developed cooperative linkages with more than 12 businesses and community organizations; actively recruited more than 1,200 displaced homemakers and single parents, with more than 212 enrolling in vocational and technical education; effectively retained disadvantaged students through training and support services; and assisted in the school-to-work transition of graduating project participants. During the year, the project provided support services to 586 enrolled students who were single parents and displaced homemakers, with 90 of them receiving financial assistance to defray the cost of dependent care or textbooks and supplies. For the 82 students who received financial assistance from the project during fall and spring semesters, the average earned grade point average was 3.1 and 89 percent were retained through spring or summer. The project also provided assistance to 381 prospective single parent students through career and educational planning or resource information. Students were highly satisfied with the services provided by the program. The program was also successful in helping students access alternative means of financial and other types of aid. For the coming year, the project internally plans to place more emphasis on proactive interventions to improve completion rate of participants. Externally, the project recommends that grant funds continue to be made available to single parent programs that support vocational and technical education and that these grants be multiyear. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Students, Career Choice, Career Planning, College Programs, Community Colleges, Displaced Homemakers, Nontraditional Occupations, Nontraditional Students, One Parent Family, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Holding Power, Sex Fairness, Student Recruitment, Technical Occupations, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Austin Community Coll., TX.