Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Tom Winter

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Alan Lipps

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Susan Clark


Job skills training programs are one way to address barriers to employment. As is important with any program that is implemented, it is important to evaluate its effectiveness. Existing literature contains several examples of job skills training programs that measure success by looking at outcomes such as employment rates post-program completion. Another way to measure success, which very few studies report, is to look at program completion rates. This study sought to fill that gap by reporting completion rates and factors that contribute to completion for a holistic job skills training program in West Texas. This study tested five variables in relation to program completion that were identified in the literature: criminal history, mental health history, substance use history, comorbidities, and social support. Findings indicated students with criminal history were less likely to complete the program. Findings further indicated there were not significant correlations between program completion and mental health, substance use, comorbidities, and social support. This topic would benefit from further research by using more reliable and valid measures of mental health, substance use, comorbidities, and social support. Although most of the findings were not significant, this study is replicable and extremely valuable as a means for evaluating the success of job skills training programs.

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