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Project STRIDE was conducted at Keys Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, to create job linkages and prepare local people for jobs in distressed areas through relationships among residents, employers, and service providers. The project's components include a community jobs team, group employability training, goal-setting, computer training, job seeking and retention skills, linkages with area employers, case management, and follow-up. On-the-job training with a major manufacturer was used at the beginning of the project, but was discontinued. An evaluation of the project after 16 months was conducted through interviews and discussions with staff, instructors, and participants, observations, and reviews of program records. During the 16 months (August 1997-December 1998), the project received 213 inquiries and performed 157 educational assessments; 107 people started training, 77 graduated, 51 began jobs and 7 more went on to more training or education; 19 were not working or unknown. As of January 1999, the wages of all workers ranged from $5.50 to $12.60 per hour, with an average of $7.70 per hour. STRIDE's program costs were $2,596 for completers; $3,920 for those who began work; and $4,876 for those who remained in jobs, school, or training through December 1998. Project participants had positive feelings about Project STRIDE at the end of training and at the 120-day retention mark. Recommendations include developing a vision and plan for Keys Community Center and STRIDE, staff development, continuing technical assistance from practitioners in training and development, long-term follow-up, and increasing staff to allow for a growing caseload. (KC)

Descriptors: Adults, Community Development, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Institutional Cooperation, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Outcomes of Education, Poverty Areas, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Wages

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Author: Welch, Nancy; Sandler, Linda


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