As part of a five-year plan for vocational education, the California State Department of Education and the Chancellor's Office of Community Colleges contracted for a study to be done to obtain information on programs and services that are being provided to displaced homemakers. Through a series of mailed questionnaires, first to self-identified groups, then to potential service providers, 119 programs and service centers providing aid for displaced homemakers were identified and contacted. An analysis of the responses of the 119 institutions indicated that there are two types of service providers: full-range programs that could be called displaced homemaker centers and programs; and other service providers, which did not provide total services for displaced homemakers but did serve them in various ways. The survey also indicated that the need is greater than the services provided, since there are more than 580,000 displaced homemakers to be served by the 119 centers. However, there are several strengths to the structure. First, the centers are found across the state; second, no single institutional type dominates, so individuals can find the institution that meets their needs. There are also weaknesses; namely, not all locations are served, and almost half of the centers and programs rely on Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) funds, which are in jeopardy. It was suggested that it would be beneficial for the centers to concentrate on providing a full range of counseling services, while the other service providers should concentrate on training for employment. (Services for and numbers of displaced homemakers by county are provided. An information request form and the survey form are appended.) (KC)
For a related document see CE 030 372.
California; Comprehensive Employment and Training Act
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Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.