ERIC Number: ED414442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Tulsa's IndEx Program. A Business-Led Initiative for Welfare Reform and Economic Development. Connections To Work.
Buck, Maria L.
In 1992, the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce in Oklahoma established a welfare-to-work program called Industrial Exchange, Inc. (IndEx). IndEx provides welfare recipients with a combination of education activities and work experience. By contracting with local companies to perform light manufacturing and packaging work at a central site, IndEx offers welfare recipients meaningful work experience while reducing labor costs for companies and keeping jobs in the region. Participants remain in IndEx for approximately 6 months, spending 4 hours each day in education activities and 4 hours on the shop floor. IndEx participants maintain their welfare eligibility and work for benefits only. In 1992-1994, IndEx concentrated on its production and education roles. In 1994-96, IndEx began expanding into a new role as job developer and recruiter. IndEx initiated the following new components in 1996-97: 30- and 60-day outplacement training programs for IndEx participants who had obtained their General Educational Development certificate; postplacement services to help participants adjust to being in the work force and improve their job retention rate; and an out-of-school youth component. Since 1992, IndEx has received several small and large grants from public and private sources and has increased its staff from 3 to 15. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Case Studies, Cooperative Planning, Economic Development, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Financial Support, High School Equivalency Programs, Job Placement, Private Sector, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Public Sector, Vocational Education, Welfare Reform
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma (Tulsa)