ERIC Number: ED418281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Job Search or Basic Education: Rethinking the Role of Skills in Welfare Reform.
Most welfare-to-work programs may be classified as quick employment programs emphasizing individual or group job searches or skill-building programs emphasizing basic education. Although both types of programs offer benefits, they also suffer from significant limitations. To be more effective than their predecessors, current-generation welfare-to-work programs must meet two challenges: how to help the most disadvantaged recipients for whom job search may not be successful and how to help recipients find better jobs. The following welfare-to-work programs have been identified as combining learning and work in innovative ways and finding creative ways of bridging employer and welfare recipient needs: Chicago Commons Employment and Training Center (Chicago, Illinois); IndEx Program (Tulsa, Oklahoma); El Paso Community College's Literacy and Workforce Development Center (El Paso, Texas); the HOST Program (Columbus, Ohio); Cooperative Health Care Network (Bronx, New York); Education for Gainful Employment (New York); state and local service and conservation corps (for example, Baltimore Civic Works in Baltimore, Maryland); Resident Apprenticeship Demonstration Program of the America Works Partnership; Welfare-to-Work Program of California's Employment Training Panel; Steps to Success Program (Portland, Oregon); SCANS (Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) Employability Project (Cleveland, Ohio); and Labor Force Access Development Initiative (Seattle, Washington). (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Demonstration Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Job Skills, Models, Program Development, Public Policy, Trend Analysis, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Work Experience Programs
Center for Law and Social Policy, 1616 P Street, N.W., Suite 150, Washington, DC 20036; http://www.clasp.org ($7.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.