The Community College Role in Welfare to Work: New Directions for Community Colleges #116
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More About This Title The Community College Role in Welfare to Work: New Directions for Community Colleges #116


Since 1997, community college programs have been meeting thechallenges of the Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF) ablock grant that eliminated welfare entitlements and requiresfederally or state-approved work activities for welfare recipients.This volume examines TANF from its inception and presents researchand applications from welfare-to-work programs across the country.Chapters discuss internal and external partnerships that communitycolleges must foster and the constituencies they must serve.Examples of effective programs include a job placement programmeeting the needs of rural welfare recipients, short-term andadvanced levels of technical training, a call center program forcustomer service job training, beneficial postsecondary training,collaborative programs for long-term family economicself-sufficiency, and a family-based approach recognizing the needsof welfare recipients and their families. With research from stateand institutional responses as well as an analysis of the welfarestudent population, this is a comprehensive resource for communitycollege educators involved in the development and implementation ofwork-first programs on their campuses.

This is the 116th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions forCommunity Colleges.


C. DAVID LISMAN is director of the Center for Service Learningand Civic Engagement at the University of Denver. Formerly he was a philosophy professor and director of the Center for Community and Workforce Development at the Community College of Aurora, where he established their welfare-to-work program.