Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Office Systems Teach Pregnant Teens Skills Sought by Employers

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Office Systems Teach Pregnant Teens Skills Sought by Employers

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Office Systems Teach Pregnant Teens Skills Sought by Employers

A joint undertaking by the New York City Board of Education and Minolta Corp.'s Business Equipment Division in Ramsey, N.J., will eventually pay high-tech dividends for students enrolled in the board's Pregnant Teens Program in Manhattan.

TLC Quick-Type, a secretarial services company operated under the auspices of the program, is an in-school job site that was created to teach pregnant high school teenagers--and those with young children--the technological skills they will need in today's marketplace.

The year-old experimental program, implemented at alternative high school 911M in Harlem, employs five Minolta Office System/PCW-1s as educational tools.

Designed to help teach office-machine skills, the MS-DOS-based systems combine word processing, personal computing, calculating and electronic typewriting.

They come with 256K (expandable to 640K); two 5.25", half-height floppy drives; one RS-232C port; a 99-key keyboard; a 12"-diagonal screen with an amber-yellow display; a 23-cps, bidirectional daisywheel printer; and Type and Learn Concept (TLC) software.

A Real Business

Under the program, students attend regular school for the full day. One of the things they learn, via two periods per day of in-school co-op training, is how to use the PCWs. They can choose, then, to stay after school and work at TLC Quick-Type.

A Vocational Educational Act grant funds staff and student positions as well as personnel to supervise a day-care center for babies of the participating students. …

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