ERIC Number: ED413521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Training Results. An Evaluation of Washington State's Workforce Training System. Second Edition.
Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Battelle Memorial Institute conducted outcome, net impact, and cost-benefit evaluations of six workforce training programs in Washington State for occupations that do not require a bachelor's degree: postsecondary workforce training at community and technical colleges; adult basic skills education at community and technical colleges; Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Title II-C funded services for low income youth; JTPA Title II-A for adults with barriers to employment; JTPA Title III funded services for dislocated workers; and secondary vocational-technical education at high schools and vocational skills centers. Survey populations included 1,650 former training participants, 1,900 employers, and 400 potential training participants who were not enrolled in one of the six programs. Major findings were as follows: (1) over 80% of employers who tried to hire vocationally certified workers had difficulty finding qualified applicants; (2) participants wanted better support services, especially job search assistance; (4) employers were generally satisfied with employees who had completed one of the programs studied; (3) overall results were positive for vocational education in high schools and community/technical colleges and for JTPA Title III; and (4) adult basic education and JTPA Title II results indicate the need for substantial changes. (Survey instruments are appended). (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Articulation (Education), Career Education, Community Colleges, Competency Based Education, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, High Schools, Institutional Cooperation, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, State Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982