ERIC Number: ED466270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
First-Year Accountability Report for WorkFirst Training Programs.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.
In 1998, Washington state passed into law WorkFirst, its version of the federal welfare reform program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Colleges were funded for four training programs: (1) Pre-Employment Training; (2) Tuition Assistance; (3) Workplace Basic Skills; and (4) Families That Work. This paper presents the overall first-year findings for the 1998-99 programs. Participants in pre-employment training receive up to 12 weeks training to learn skills they need to work for a specific employer or group of employers. A total of 1,069 participants were trained in the first year, or one-third of the target number. Of these participants, 77% were current or former welfare recipients, while 74% had hard-to-serve characteristics, such as a substance abuse problem or a learning disability. All but 25% of participants completed the training. Nearly 80% of successful completers entered employment within one quarter after training, compared with 50% of non-completers. The typical completer started off earning $0.72 per hour more than non-completers. The Tuition Assistance Program helps low-income working parents by paying for training to upgrade their skills for their current job, or to prepare them for new fields. The Families That Work Program provides intensive training and services to long-term welfare parents who have less education, and generally have little or no work experience. Finally, the Workplace Basic Skills Program provides training for workers employed in low-wage jobs. Appended are the Policy Issues and Questions for Accountability Report, information on program partners and participants, and surveys. (NB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Vocational Education, Community Colleges, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Job Skills, Job Training, Low Income Groups, Outcome Based Education, Outcomes of Education, Poverty Programs, Program Effectiveness, Two Year Colleges, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington