Role of Intermediaries in Linking TANF Recipients with Jobs: Final Report. Educational Institutions

02/10/2000

A variety of educational institutions play a significant role in linking welfare recipients with jobs, especially in the rural sites. Community colleges, adult education programs, and local school districts all act as intermediaries. The North Florida Community College provides employment services for TANF recipients in Suwanee and five other counties in northern Florida; it also operates the One-Stop Career Center for the six-county region. Southeast Arkansas Community College provides workplace training, and job placement and retention services to TANF recipients in Jefferson County. Case managers at the college also help clients develop contingency plans for times when regular child care and transportation services are not available.

In San Diego, Sweetwater School District works with Maximus to facilitate workshops and provide case management for the welfare recipients who are enrolled in Adult Basic Education classes. The school district also manages a collaborative that operates a career center for low-income families. The Columbiana County Career Center, a vocational school that serves high school students and adults, is the primary intermediary in Columbiana County. The career center has worked with the welfare department to provide adult education and training opportunities for welfare recipients since 1987. It currently provides job search and placement assistance along with two short-term training programs.

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