ERIC Number: ED441978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-9
Reference Count: N/A
National Job Corps Study: The Short-Term Impacts of Job Corps on Participants' Employment and Related Outcomes. Final Report. Report and Evaluation Report Series 00-A.
Schochet, Peter Z.; Burghardt, John; Glazerman, Steven
A national study estimated the short-term impacts of Job Corps (JC) on participants' employment and related outcomes during the 30 months after random assignment. Results for the short-term impact analysis were based on a comparison of eligible program participants randomly assigned to a program group (n=9,409) or a control group (n=5,977) that did not participate in JC. The analysis relied primarily on interview data. Findings indicated most program group participants stayed in JC for a substantial period of time; program group enrollees participated extensively in the core JC activities; differences in subgroups' JC experiences were small; JC substantially increased the education and training that program participants received; similar percentages of program and control group members were enrolled in education and training programs toward the end of the 30-month period; JC participation led to substantial increases in the receipt of General Educational Development and vocational certificates; JC generated positive earnings impact by 2 years after random assignment; and program group members secured higher-paying jobs with slightly more benefits. JC participation reduced receipt of public assistance benefits; significantly reduced arrest and conviction rates; had no impacts on the self-reported use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs; had no impact on family formation; and had no impact on mobility. (Appendixes include 20 references and supplementary tables.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Certificates, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, High School Equivalency Programs, Job Placement, National Programs, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Student Certification, Vocational Education, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.ttrc.doleta.gov/opr/FULLTEXT/jobcorps/Outcomes/.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.; Battelle Human Affairs Research Centers, Seattle, WA.; Decision Information Resources, Inc., Houston, TX.