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ERIC Number: ED510557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-25
Pages: 128
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Assisting Newcomers through Employment and Support Services: An Evaluation of the New Americans Centers Demonstration Project in Arkansas and Iowa. Final Report
Koralek, Robin; Johnson, Heidi; Ratcliffe, Caroline; Vericker, Tracy
Urban Institute (NJ1)
This report presents the final results for the evaluation of the New Americans Centers (NACs) demonstration project in Arkansas and Iowa. It focuses on program operations and plans for program sustainability, while highlighting services provided through the demonstration projects in Arkansas and Iowa. It also documents outcomes for New Iowan Centers participants based on analysis of service data and wage records. The NACs demonstration was a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Through the project, ETA provided both Arkansas and Iowa three-year, $850,000 grants to develop NACs within 11 One-Stop Career Centers in high immigrant population areas. The NACs were implemented as a significant part of Arkansas' and Iowa's efforts to help immigrants and other newcomers integrate into these states' economies and communities. The grants were intended to: 1) promote stability and rapid employment with living wages for immigrants and/or newcomers or their family members that were without work or that needed new work; 2) speed the transition of new immigrants into their communities; 3) assist employers with employee/employer relational issues and/or adjustment and assimilation of employees; and 4) enhance the economic development opportunities of these communities. How well the NACs achieved these goals is addressed in the body of this report. Appended are: (1) New Americans Centers Site Summaries; (2) Type and Number of Services Received by New Americans Centers Participants, Employers, and the Community; (3) Demographic and Service Receipt Data for New Americans Centers Participants; (4) Combinations of Services and Pathways of Service Receipt for New Iowan Centers Participants; (5) New Iowan Centers Participant Employment and Earnings Regression Coefficients. (Contains 15 figures, 49 tables and 43 footnotes.) [This report was prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Iowa