ERIC Number: ED466834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
College as a Job Advancement Strategy: An Early Report on the New Visions Self-Sufficiency and Lifelong Learning Project. The New Visions Evaluation.
Fein, David J.; Beecroft, Eric; Long, David A.; Catalfamo, Andree Rose
Riverside Community College (RCC), in Riverside, California, launched New Visions in 1999, a program designed to help welfare recipients prepare for college and move to better jobs. The program is a partnership between RCC and the Riverside Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). New Visions provides a 24-week program of academic instruction and support services, followed by up to five months of credit-bearing course work in an occupational mini-program. Participants in the program must have a high school diploma or GED and be working at least 20 hours a week. New Visions offers classes in remedial math, English, reading, basic computer skills, and career-life guidance. Class schedules are designed to accommodate students' work, childcare, and transportation needs. After graduation from the core program, students move into an occupational mini-program in jobs such as nursing, medical technology, early childhood education, police dispatching, and others. The study found that 97% of program volunteers were female, 31% were African American, 21% were Hispanic, 48% were earning wages of less than $6.00 per hour, and 66% had been on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for 12 months or longer. In addition, 41% volunteered for the program in order to earn a college degree or certificate. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Riverside Community Coll., CA.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Bethesda, MD.; Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.