|The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture
Economic Development and Quality of Life for People and
PHASE Program Project for Homemakers in Arizona Seeking Employement
Unemployed single and/or displaced homemakers, and incarcerated women often don't know
where to begin in finishing their education, finding a job, and building a career in general. As
welfare eligibility tightens, there is a greater need than ever before for strategies to assist people in
moving from welfare to work.
What has been done?
The PHASE program (The Project for Homemakers in Arizona Seeking Employment), begun
in 1978 in Tucson, Arizona, assists women with job related scholarships and in job placement,
including job-seeking skills. The Arizona State Department of Education has funded PHASE
along with contributions from businesses and individuals. It is a joint effort between Pima
Community College, which often trains the students for immediate employment, legislators who
support the program, corporate and individual donors, and the School of Family and Consumer
Resources in the College of Agriculture at the University of Arizona.
PHASE has assisted more than 6,000 single parents, displaced homemakers and incarcerated
women in Pima County since 1978. About 15% of its clients continue their studies at the UA, and
to date, these students have a 100% graduation success rate. It has become a national model for
similar programs throughout the U.S. In 1999 the program assisted incarcerated women in
particular, with job skills, nontraditional employment, and basic computer skills.
"If it wasn't for PHASE, I wouldn't be the person I am today." --Kim Turner, previously
unemployed single mother of four who with help from PHASE completed her high school GED,
an AA degree and a bachelor's degree from The University of Arizona. She recently secured a
social service job in Tucson.
"The vast book knowledge and life skills the instructors have combined in the classes, and
also the true commitment to helping and caring have made this workshop an inspiration to us
inmates, as well as giving us a glimmer of hope and a new lease on life." incarcerated 1999
Arizona State Department of Education, Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)
Arizona Department of Transportation
Pima Community College
The University of Arizona
Patricia Helgeson, Program Coordinator
PHASE Program, The University of Arizona
1230 N. Park, #209, Tucson, AZ 85721
Tel.: (520) 621-3902 FAX: (520) 621-5008
This report is one of 29 impact statements submitted by the University
of Arizona College of Agriculture to the USDA's 1999 CSREES Science and Education
database in Washington, D.C. An impact statement is a brief summary, in lay terms, of the
economic, environmental and/or social impact of a land-grant program. It states
accomplishments and their payoff to society.
Located at http://ag.arizona.edu/impacts/2000/phase.html
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