ERIC Number: ED404467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
New York State New Ventures Program Model. Comprehensive Evaluation Report 1991-1996.
Zhao, Peisheng; And Others
New York State's New Ventures program, a comprehensive 21- to 24-week career exploration and job skills training program to help low-income women prepare for economic self-sufficiency through employment in higher-paying nontraditional occupations, was evaluated through a 5-year formative outcomes-based evaluation process. Program data (including data from multiyear program cycles) and data collected from program staff and participants were used for ongoing evaluation and revision of the program model. Although more than 88% of New Ventures program entrants had no employment history and/or were unemployed and 49% received public assistance, the programs had an average completion rate of 81%. Thirteen New Ventures program features were validated as essential, including program identity, involvement of employers/advisory groups, and customized classes/integrated curriculum. Of New Ventures program completers, 60% were employed (most within 3 months), 78% were employed in nontraditional occupations, 69% were employed in jobs directly related to program training skill areas, and 60% of those employed reported earning more than $10 per hour. (Appendixes constituting nearly 80% of this document contain the following: New Ventures program data summary; New Ventures outline and planning guide; New Ventures research/assessment plan; evaluation forms; case study; and tip sheet/list of major program success criteria.) (MN)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, At Risk Persons, Career Exploration, Economically Disadvantaged, Formative Evaluation, Job Skills, Models, Nontraditional Occupations, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Records (Forms), Skill Development, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.
Identifiers - Location: New York