ERIC Number: ED422514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul-29
Reference Count: N/A
Jobs Corps: Vocational Training Performance Data Overstate Program Success. Statement of Cornelia M. Blanchette, Associate Director, Education and Employment Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
The Department of Labor (DOL) conducts several activities to foster Job Corps' employer and community linkages to ensure the appropriateness of its vocational training to local labor markets and its relevance to employer needs. However, a review by the General Accounting Office (GAO) determined that information reported by DOL on the percentage of Job Corps participants who complete their vocational training and obtain training-related jobs is misleading and overstates program results. Although Job Corps reported that, in program year 1996, 48% of program participants nationwide completed training, the GAO found that only 14% of program participants had actually completed all requirements of their vocational training curricula. The remaining participants counted by Job Corps as completing training had completed only some of the duties and tasks of a specific volunteer training program. According to DOL, 62% of Job Corps participants nationwide found jobs matching their training. At the five Job Corps centers visited by the GAO, however, the validity of 41% of the job placements reported by DOL to be training related was questionable. The GAO also questioned DOL's practice of awarding sole-source contracts to national labor and business organizations for vocational training. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Cost Effectiveness, Disadvantaged Youth, Educationally Disadvantaged, Job Training, National Programs, Outcomes of Education, Position Papers, Program Costs, Reliability, Vocational Education, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013; web address: http://www.gao.gov (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.