ERIC Number: ED466273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Making Connections to Jobs, Education, and Training: The Essential Skills Program of the Community College of Denver.
Melendez, Edwin; Suarez, Carlos
This paper describes the Essential Skills Program at the Community College of Denver (CCD), which functions as an education broker and a labor market intermediary that coordinates the services offered by CCD with the needs of a number of Department of Social Service clients. The Essential Skills Program (ESP) supplements the services offered by the college by providing a series of Life and Employment Skills and contributes to the Department of Social Services by assisting students in getting an internship as part of their training, and a job once their training is completed. ESP was designed in an effort to increase the job opportunities of welfare clients affected by Welfare-to-Work legislation. Core courses are designed to provide participants with work-related skills. ESP offers services to approximately 100 students per semester in 4 short-term, 4-month long educational tracks. The most successful program, the Financial Services track, with an average enrollment of 22 students per semester, has a 50% graduation rate, a 50% employment rate, and an average wage of $9.40 an hour, the highest in the program. The other tracks are Early Childhood Education, Medical Instrument Technician, and Retail Sales. (Contains 22 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Daily Living Skills, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, English (Second Language), Job Training, Poverty Programs, Skill Development, Two Year Colleges, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Mauricio Gaston Inst. for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.; New School Univ., New York, NY. Community Development Research Center.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families