This is a report on Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges' assistance of low-income adults under the state's welfare reform initiative, WorkFirst. Current and former welfare students attending community and technical colleges comprise 9% of all college student enrollments. Combining work and training leads to higher wages. WorkFirst Reinvestment Programs are aimed at quick-starting employment, providing access and support to training for low-income working adults, and increasing literacy skills. The report looks at lessons learned from WorkFirst Reinvestment Programs in the following areas: general, program re-design, tuition assistance, pre-employment training, workplace basics, families that work, and evening and weekend child care. Early outcomes in programs that quick-started employment with custom training confirms that connecting training to job opportunities results in higher wages than job search alone, and is promising for other low-income students that colleges serve. Under WorkFirst, welfare and low-income workers with low basic skills are being served in new ways that streamline training by instructing basic skills in the context of a single parent's dual roles and responsibilities, as worker and head of family. The college system implemented tuition assistance for low-income working adults and is following their progress towards certificates and degrees. WorkFirst Reinvestment Programs have started to change the ways colleges provide training and services to welfare and other low-income working adults. (VWC)
Washington; Welfare to Work Programs
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Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.