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A Good Report Card for Women

Magazine article Techniques

A Good Report Card for Women

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The results are in and the marks are high for Ohio's Orientation to Nontraditional Occupations for Women program (ONOW). The vocational and career education division of Ohio's education department piloted the program in 1987 to address the needs of low-income women who wanted to earn higher wages in nontraditional jobs such as production/manufacturing and construction trades.

Ohio State University's department of home economics education completed a long-term assessment of the program in April. Researchers interviewed 280 women who had completed the eight-week program. Interviewees participated in the program at one of six sites between FY 1989 and 1995 and were chosen randomly from the 949 women who completed the program during those years. More than 3,000 women have completed the program since 1987.

Of the 280 women interviewed:

71 percent were employed.

The average wage was $9.07 an hour. Those with nontraditional jobs averaged $10.14 an hour compared with $7.68 an hour for those with traditional jobs.

56 percent pursued further training.

Of the 102 women who had been receiving AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) prior to their ONOW exposure, 75 percent were completely off public assistance. …

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