ERIC Number: ED396161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-31
Annual Evaluation of Project H.I.R.E. (Hiring into Rewarding Employment).
Friedenberg, Joan E.
An evaluation was conducted of the first year (1990-91) of Project HIRE (Hiring into Rewarding Employment). Project HIRE was a 3-year federally-funded project designed to assist students with disabilities to gain and retain meaningful employment by maintaining secondary support services until this transition is completed successfully. During the first year, Project HIRE served 50 students with disabilities in the Great Oaks Joint Vocational School District near Cincinnati, Ohio. The CIPP (Context-Input-Process-Product evaluation model) was used as a guide in planning and conducting the evaluation. Data were gathered through examination of all program documents; interviews with the program director, instructors, and students; and on-site observation of program activities. The study concluded that Project HIRE is addressing a critical nationwide problem--employing persons with disabilities. This is confirmed by the fact that the program has been able to recruit its targeted number of students. The project has an exceptionally comprehensive design, it has recruited outstanding staff, and it is providing students with disabilities with the support services needed to find and keep gainful employment. The program will continue to work with students until all are placed, although some difficulties are not within the control of the program, such as employer attitudes, parent expectations, and public transportation needs. Recommendations for improvement include the following: (1) offer parent workshops in the local school district; (2) develop a parental agreement; (3) develop interagency task forces; (4) increase clerical support; (5) provide job trainers; (6) do not target graduated students; (7) make services available to students at earlier ages; and (8) create formal transition plans for each student. (Appendixes to the report include site visit schedules, evaluation questions and interview schedules, an employer brochure, a sample newsletter, and a core transition team brochure.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Vocational and Career Education.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.