ERIC Number: ED466275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The SU PARTE Welfare-to-Work Initiative: University of New Mexico Valencia Campus.
Melendez, Edwin; de Montrichard, Alexandra
The University of New Mexico (UNM) Valencia campus is a two-year college in rural Valencia County. UNM-Valencia provides vocational and general education, basic skills assistance, a community education program and a small business development program. In fall 1998, the campus had 750 full-time-equivalent (FTE) students and 807 part-time students; 52% of the students were Hispanic, and 41% were non-Hispanic white. In July 1997, UNM-Valencia received a $1.1 million contract from the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) to run a Welfare-to-Work program. The campus developed SU! PARTE (Sign Up! People Acting Responsibly Through Employment) to assess, provide training and support services to, and place TANF and food-stamp recipients who were referred for mandatory program participation by the HSD. More than 80% of SU! PARTE participants do not have a high school diploma, 40% have never held a job, many are victims of domestic violence, and many tested at educational levels below 2nd grade. The SU! PARTE program offers a core class that tackles self-esteem issues as part of the assessment process, along with continued management, transportation, and child care information and assistance. SU! PARTE also has a van service that brings students to campus, and provides substance abuse treatment, domestic violence counseling, and housing assistance to the homeless. Curriculum includes basic and life skills classes. (NB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Community Colleges, Counseling Services, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Legislation, Educationally Disadvantaged, English (Second Language), Job Training, Poverty Programs, Remedial Instruction, Two Year Colleges, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New School Univ., New York, NY. Community Development Research Center.; Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Mauricio Gaston Inst. for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.