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ERIC Number: ED414442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: 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)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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)