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ERIC Number: ED418281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 66
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Job Search or Basic Education: Rethinking the Role of Skills in Welfare Reform.
Strawn, Julie
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)
Center for Law and Social Policy, 1616 P Street, N.W., Suite 150, Washington, DC 20036; ($7.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.