Since 1997, community college programs have been meeting the challenges of the Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF) a block grant that eliminated welfare entitlements and requires federally or state–approved work activities for welfare recipients. This volume examines TANF from its inception and presents research and applications from welfare–to–work programs across the country. Chapters discuss internal and external partnerships that community colleges must foster and the constituencies they must serve. Examples of effective programs include a job placement program meeting the needs of rural welfare recipients, short–term and advanced levels of technical training, a call center program for customer service job training, beneficial postsecondary training, collaborative programs for long–term family economic self–sufficiency, and a family–based approach recognizing the needs of welfare recipients and their families. With research from state and institutional responses as well as an analysis of the welfare student population, this is a comprehensive resource for community college educators involved in the development and implementation of work–first programs on their campuses.
This is the 116th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Community Colleges.
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