ERIC Number: ED430610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
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Breaking Barriers: Women in Nontraditional Programs.
Rodman, Joseph J.; Fisher, Paula L.
This paper documents the efforts of Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute's (TVI) Trades and Service Occupations Department to recruit and support women in nontraditional occupations. Nontraditional careers are defined as those occupations in which women comprise less than 25 percent of the population. While women are entering professional fields such as law and engineering at significantly higher rates than 20 years ago, this report cites that women are not entering nontraditional occupations such as electrician, truck driver and mechanic. While nontraditional occupations pay better, both external obstacles, such as discrimination and sexual harassment, and internal obstacles, such as a lack of self confidence, serve as barriers to women workers. In an effort to successfully increase and integrate women into nontraditional programs, TVI has implemented several strategies at the organizational and educational levels. They provide gender and diversity training to faculty and staff in addition to sexual harassment training. The department also formed a support group for women students in nontraditional fields in order to discuss sexual harassment, support services such as childcare, and employment strategies. While there is a lack of longitudinal data on the effects of these initiatives, positive results have been documented anecdotally. Contains 11 references. (SKF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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