Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa My Mike Deiiprce The oily will officially take over administration of some federal manpower training programs Feb. I. including a program, new this year, that has evoked an especially large amount of enthusiasm. The new program is called "new careers,” and will result if all goe*s as expected --in the addition of seven firefighters in about a year. Seven spots are available in the program. The city has decided to use all of them this year to train firefighter aides. The seven who qualify will work as aides for a year, learning how the department operates. They will be paid 8(1 percent of the .starting salary of a regular firefighter, about $3 20 per hour. They will work a 40 hour week, of which ten will be devoted to schooling and counseling "Ifs not a formal, eontrac-tural agreement, nothing on paper,” explained Ron Kuhl-man, deputy personnel director. ‘‘Rut it Is expected they would he hired at the end of the year, assuming they pass the civil .service tests.” • • • TO BK eligible for participation in the new careers program, which Is IOO percent federally funded by the department of labor, an applicant must come under federal low income guidelines and be unemployed or under employed The applicant must also fit one or more of the following five criteria: (1) A high school dropout; (2) Re handicapped physically, mentally or emotionally; (3) Under age 22; (4) Age 45 or over; (5) A member of a minority group. The decision to use all seven snots this vear as firefighter aides automatically eliminates persons in the second and fourth groups, and limits members of the third group to applicants 20 or 21 years of age. because the minimum age for firefighters is 21. "Applicants for those positions need to meet the Cedar Rapids civil service requirements as well as the department of labor disadvantaged guidelines.” Kuhlman said. Applicants in the first catr-gorv. high school dropouts, will work toward thc ; r equivalency diploma while on the job The fifth category, members of minority groups, has prompted a lot of speculation that the new career* program will he used as a device to integrate the fire department. .Safety Commissioner .lames Steinbeck said that Isn t the purpose of the program, hut he’ll he pleased if it’s one of the results. "Hopefully, this will break the ice in the fire department, but theres no way to guarantee it," he said. Steinbeck believes I he program will he a big help, both to potential firefighters and to veterans, whether or not it attracts black applicants. Because the aides will work directly with firefighters for a full year, and receive weekly evaluations, the program provides a good method of adding new men to the force. The weekly evaluations, and supportive services offered to help with weak points during the first year, will also be beneficial After the year. Steinbeck explained, tin’ seven aides will have an excellent background for their new jobs and current members of the department will know the aides, both personally and professionally. • • • TIII-; SAFETY commiswoner said he would like to see future programs, either through new careers or something similar, used to form a police cadet program Resides the new careers program, the city will administer the Operation Main stream, Neighborhood Youth Corps (NYC) and mummer NYC programs. Those programs were formerly administered by the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) in Linn, Jones and Johnson counties. The comprehensive education and training act changed that, providing that in counties with cities of more than IOO,IMH) population, the mayor of the city is the prime sponsor of the programs. (In other counties, the governor is tho sponsor. Governor Ray has designated HACAP as the administering body for the six other counties in Area Ten.) Mayor Donald Canney delegated the authority for administering the Linn county program to the pity personnel department. ll is kept independent of the manpower office, fo the program can be objectively monitored and evaluated by the manpower coordinator. The staff has considerable experience in federally-funded training programs. Kuhlman has directed the Public Employment P r o g ram (PEP) since 1971. Project director is Larry Harmon, who served in the sam* 1 capacity at HACAP. 'I'he counselor is Robert Putt, who has worked with both the PEP and Public Service Careers (PSC) programs. "Because Mr. Harmon is familiar with the programs, we have persuaded him to come lo the city as program director.” Kuhlman said. "Wp have two staff members that are very familiar with department of labor policy and rho philosophy of the programs.” • • • FOUR more persons are needed to complete the staff. Interviews were held last week for an accounting clerk, a clerk-stenographer and two operation coordinators. Explaining the duties of the coordinators. Harmon said, “They’re going to do recruitment and work with the participants. Assessment of an applicant or a participant is going to be a big part of their job ” The coordinators will also set up a program for each participant, including the supportive services each individ ual requires. The department of labor has authorized an initial grant of $257,700 for all the programs. In the ease of new careers, that’s for a whole year, but It covers less time for the other programs. Both PEP and PSC are being phased out. PSC ends March 14 and PFP ends June 30. Funding for NYC, summer NYC and Operation Mainstream covers the programs through August. All the programs have things in common; all are for persons who fit low-income guidelines, all have the goal of permanent job placement, and in all cases the jobs must be with public or non-profit private organizations. The difference*; come in the support systems provided or in the requirements for eligibility. PEP is basically a device to help the unemployed get back to work in a time of slack economy. PSC is more of a training program, for disadvantaged persons in the area of human services NYC if for persons aged 14 to 21. () t> e ration Mainstream r servcYs persons 18 and over. 1 and at least 30 percent of enrollees must he 45 or older. “We think these programs will be a valuable tool In getting low income and disadvantaged persons into gainful employment. which they otherwise might not be able to do,” Raid Personnel Director Fred Nordengron. • • • BECAUSE of the various cli nihility requirements and the methods used to calculate the 9-Found Rattlesnake Was Largest Snared SAN ANTONIO, Flu (UPI) i three ounce one snared by Fr The largest diamondback rattle (ceile Smith of Plant City, Fin snake en pin re* I during the 1 ; Buck Myers of Clay Hill, Flu., month I or 1973 Rattlesnake captured the most rattlesnakes Round up here was a nine pound, with eight lf in - r*p*«i' ymill flml ll In <•* rut* I Untflod! It! ri*m*ni*rt lo 1 lip urn! UM th* lion*# Mum tor) lh*! i\ mihli>h*<l *•» h In >at. ami Sun In lh* nam ad t SEE THE HOME OF YOUR CHOICE TODAY! Mike Deupree Income guidelines, Harmon urges people who are interested not to disqualify them selves. "Anyone who thinks they may be eligible should pursue this,” Harmon said. "They should check it out with us.” For those specifically interested in the firefighter aide program, a meeting will he held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Fob. 5. The meeting will be in the program office, above the street department at 445 First street SW. Prospective employers, as well as employes, are also urged to contact Harmon. "We do need quality jobs,” he said. "Anybody who thinks they have a quality job should he willing to provide instruction and supervision.” Employers are not required to help pay wages of program participants. Kuhlman is optimistic about the opportunity the various programs provide for moving the unemployed‘smoothly into the work force. 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