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ERIC Number: ED500710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
JOBSTART. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"JOBSTART" is an alternative education and training program designed to improve the economic prospects of young, disadvantaged high school dropouts by increasing educational attainment and developing occupational skills. The program has four main components: (1) basic academic skills instruction with a focus on GED (General Educational Development) preparation; (2) occupational skills training; (3) training-related support services (such as transportation assistance and childcare); and (4) job placement assistance. Participants receive at least 200 hours of basic education and 500 hours of occupational training. One study of "JOBSTART" met What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. This randomized controlled trial included more than 2,300 youth and was conducted in 13 sites in nine states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Based on this one study, the WWC considers the extent of evidence for "JOBSTART" to be small for completing school (see the What Works Clearinghouse Extent of Evidence Categorization Scheme). The one "JOBSTART" study that met WWC evidence standards did not examine the effectiveness of JOBSTART in the domains of staying or progressing in school. Based on the results from the one qualifying study, the WWC found potentially positive effects on completing school. (Contains 7 footnotes.) [The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Cave, G., Bos, H., Doolittle, F., & Toussaint, C. (1993). "JOBSTART: Final report on a program for school dropouts." New York, NY: MDRC.]
What Works Clearinghouse. PO Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Georgia; Illinois; New York; Pennsylvania; Texas
IES Funded: Yes