Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Alan Lipps

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Stephen Baldridge

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Susan Clark


Today thousands of individuals and families are unemployed or underemployed and are seeking ways to combat poverty and become employed. One way that individuals seek to gain employment is by attending job skills training and adult education programs. However, there are barriers that hinder those individuals from successfully completing the programs. The purpose of this study is to explore the experience of applicants of a nonprofit job skills training program called FaithWorks and explore the reasons why applicants were not able to continue and, or complete the program. This study was conducted, through qualitative interviewing of four participants (N=4) utilizing a nine question questionnaire and secondary data analysis of 10 responses. This study was conducted to develop insight into the lives of individuals who applied to FaithWorks of Abilene. Based on this study, details were given on applicants’ experiences with FaithWorks, barriers were identified that prevented individuals from attending and completing FaithWorks, and recommendations for practice, policy and research were given to reduce attrition.

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