ERIC Number: ED430632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Welfare Enrollments and the Start-up of Workfirst Wage and Skill Progression Training. Research Report No. 99-2.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.
This report focuses on total welfare enrollments in two-year colleges and the enrollments in four new WorkFirst training programs that started in fall 1998. The new programs initiate a wage and skill progression strategy that gets WorkFirst students started in better jobs than they could find without training and helps them to advance in employment and earnings. WorkFirst training programs include: (1) tuition assistance; (2) pre-employment training, which is geared to specific employer hiring standards and targets employers ready to hire WorkFirst participants; (3) adult basic education and English as a Second Language for employers who have low-wage workers; and (4) literacy development that targets WorkFirst families with young, at-risk children to help parents gain literacy, family management, and employability skills to prepare for work. General findings are that: (1) welfare FTE enrollments have fallen 58% since 1995; (2) for the first time, colleges are providing more training for past welfare recipients than for adults on welfare; (3) students this fall were more likely to attend part-time and in the evening than in past years; (4) only one-third of the welfare students were enrolled in occupational programs; the majority were looking for basic skills, personal development, or to remedial instruction; and (5) the majority of the students in the WorkFirst programs are low-income/low-wage earning adults. Contains 13 tables. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.