PC Technical Institute, Inc., a business career training and computer school in Salt Lake, is one of 15 schools nationwide to be awarded a $38,000 federal grant for training economically disadvantaged women.
Earl "Rocky" Hanson, institute president, said the institute is looking for 60 non-high school graduates and 60 high school graduates to be trained in two intensive, five-month programs. The grant begins Oct. 1 and runs for one year.The women who are accepted must be classified as economically disadvantaged under federal guidelines.
The grant money does not pay for the women's tuition. However, if they qualify, they will be referred to other resources that can help with their finances.
The grant, which comes from the U.S. Education Department, will be used to pay for some day care, transportation and testing of skills before and after training.
The grant's purpose is to determine what factors can be successful in training economically disadvantaged women, Hanson said.
"Most of the programs nationwide have failed. The government readily admits that fact. They really don't have anything for economically disadvantaged women, so they're looking for a program that will solve the problem," Hanson said.
Evaluation and assessment of participants will be done by U. psychologist Charles Turner. Michael Weiler is an educational consultant on the project.
Orientation meetings will be held every Thursday through September at 6:30 p.m. at the school, 580 E. Second South. For more information, call 355-9933 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.