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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Evans, Gwynnen Stokes
URN etd-1826102339731121
Title programs on paper: an examination of virginia's service delivery area jobh training partnership act title II-A job training plans
Degree Master of Science
Department Adult Learning and Human Resource Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lichtman, Marilyn V.
Stubblefield, Harold W.
Wiswell, Albert K. Committee Chair
  • JTPA
  • job training
  • policy implementation
Date of Defense 1997-04-17
Availability unrestricted
A key purpose of federal job training policy is to ensure

that the workforce has the skills necessary to obtain and

retain gainful employment. The purpose of this study was to

describe and compare key elements of Virginia's fourteen

service delivery area (SDA) plans in order to determine

how they would deliver programs to achieve the stated

purpose of JTPA Title II-A, which targets disadvantaged

adults. In addition, the plans were evaluated as to their

potential to guide successful program implementation.

The plans were reviewed to describe and analyze who is

trained, how they are trained, and what objectives the

plans establish. The plans were ranked as to their fulfillment

of eight criteria drawn from JTPA studies on successful

program strategies and from education program planning


Though the plans provided basic descriptions of SDA

efforts to train disadvantaged adults, they did not reflect full

use of successful strategies or education program planning

techniques, especially in the areas of linking training to the

local labor market and using overall evaluation. The SDAs

did not use the plans to distinguish their local level activities,

opting most often to meet minimal compliance with plan

guidelines as to the information provided. The individual

being trained is underrepresented in most of the plans. A

few plans did meet many of the criteria and demonstrated

how these strategies and planning tools can be reflected at

this early stage of program implementation.

The plan preparation guidelines themselves were found to

be a factor in the limitations of the plans. Changes in policy

requiring plans to better detail their programs could

enhance their effectiveness as planning tools.

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