ERIC Number: ED430631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Results of Training for Timber Retraining Benefits Recipients. Research Report No. 99-1.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.
This report reviews the accomplishments of the Timber Retraining Benefits (TRB) program of Washington's 32 two-year colleges. These colleges served 1,651 TRB workers in 1997-98, and 7,000 workers since the program inception in 1991. The report, based on data from college enrollment records and unemployment insurance system data, provides detailed information about the colleges' performance. The main findings reported are: (1) workers impacted by the downturn in natural resource jobs are able to return to employment after completing training, with 81% of TRB graduates obtaining employment; (2) workers are able to complete the training of their choice and find employment at prevailing wages, with the average TRB student entering new jobs at $10.80 per hour; (3) workers with low educational attainment are able to enroll in basic skills training in preparation for completion of the equivalent of high school; and (4) workers are able to enroll in training programs for demand occupations requiring new skills. The report includes information on TRB student characteristics, industries of dislocation, wages and employment, and placement rates. Evidence supports the notion that community and technical college training for dislocated natural resource workers is relevant to the training needs of the state of Washington and to the workers in the program. Contains 13 charts and tables. (AS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.