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ERIC Number: ED505760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 57
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Job Corps: Better Targeted Career Training and Improved Preenrollment Information Could Enhance Female Residential Student Recruitment and Retention. Report to Congressional Committees. GAO-09-470
US Government Accountability Office
Administered by the Department of Labor (Labor), Job Corps received about $1.6 billion in program year 2007 and served about 60,000 students. Some have expressed concern that Job Corps centers are not meeting planned enrollment goals, particularly for women. To address these concerns, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the: (1) extent to which Job Corps centers are operating at or near capacity for residential students; (2) major factors that affect the recruitment and retention of residential students, particularly females; and (3) steps, if any, Labor has taken to address the recruitment and retention of residential students. To address these objectives, GAO analyzed Labor's enrollment data, surveyed Job Corps recruiters and center directors, and visited seven Job Corps centers. GAO recommends that the Secretary of Labor review career training nationwide, take steps to ensure that potential students are provided with complete and accurate information, and explore the feasibility of having virtual tours for each center. Labor generally agreed with the recommendations and noted efforts it has under way. However, GAO believes Labor's current efforts do not fully address the recommendations and stress the need for additional action. Seven appendices are included: (1) Objectives, Scope, and Methodology; (2) Listing of Job Corps Career Training Offerings in Program Year 2007, by Industry Area; (3) Career Trainings Offered at the Job Corps Centers That We Visited; (4) Percentage of Planned Enrollment in Program Year 2007, by State and Job Corps Center; (5) Regional Initiatives Approved by the Department of Labor; (6) Comments from the Department of Labor; and (7) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 19 footnotes, 12 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office