Describes initial findings from research on the training and employment outcomes of 651 participants who enrolled in a two-week Bus Operator Bridge training program in Los Angeles, CA between 2006 and 2010.

"This document describes initial findings from research on the training and employment outcomes of 651 participants who enrolled in a two-week Bus Operator Bridge training program in Los Angeles, CA between 2006 and 2010. The program is a partnership between the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Community Career Development (CCD), and Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC). Community Career Development, a workforce development non-profit organization that operates a one-stop WorkSource Center in the Mid-Wilshire District in the City of Los Angeles, recruits and screens participants for the training, provides participant non-academic supports, and provides staff to manage the program. Importantly, CCD staff serves as a single point-of-contact for students. LAVC, part of the Los Angeles Community College District, provides the training and instructors for the Bridge training, which is on-site at MTA’s main office" (p.3). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: Sectoral Approaches to Community College - Nonprofit Partnerships: Initial Education and Employment Outcomes Findings for Students Enrolled in the Bus Operator Bridge Program (2006-2010)


Major Findings & Recommendations

- "217 or 60.3% of the 360 students who were hired temporarily for the OJT program subsequently completed the training and were hired as permanent employees by MTA as Bus Operators" (p.8). - "The 217 participants hired by MTA earned a median hourly wage of $14.38, a 30.7% increase in hourly wages for those who had worked in the six months prior to entering the Bridge Class. 73 of the 217 participants who were hired had been unemployed in the six months prior to entering the Bridge Class" (p.9). - "MTA credits the Bridge program with helping expand recruitment and employment to include large numbers of low-income and minority residents who MTA was not able to reach effectively in the past" (p.9). (Abstractor: Author)