CET provided out-of-school youth with occupational skills training and job placement assistance to prepare participants for employment and help them secure jobs.
CET provided out-of-school youth with full-time basic education and skills training in a work-like setting to provide participants with hands-on training experience. The program worked with local employers to develop and teach a training curriculum and focused on improving the participants’ practical skills to meet the employment demands of the local labor market. Individualized job placement services were also provided to assist participants in securing jobs after the training program. As of 2020, CET continues to offer similar services to eligible participants.
During the period evaluated, CET participants received services until they found employment, but most training services lasted for four to nine months. CET served out-of-school youth ages 16 to 21 who had low incomes or who were from families that had recently received welfare or food stamps.
The program was implemented by CET sites in 12 U.S. locations: New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Camden, NJ; Reidsville, NC; Orlando, FL; Chicago, IL; Reno, NV; San Francisco, CA; El Centro, CA; Oxnard, CA; Riverside, CA; and Santa Maria, CA. CET is an expansion of CET’s Minority Female Single Parent Program, which was only available to minority single mothers and also provided child care services.