Penn State Intercom......May 9, 2002

Child-support enforcement staff
to be trained at University
thanks to $10.85 million grant

This year the University will launch a new program to support Pennsylvania's efforts to enforce and secure financial and medical resources for children and youth who are entitled to receive child support.

The University has just been awarded a three-year, $10.85 million contract with the state Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Child Support Enforcement, to create a training institute that will provide instruction and training on Pennsylvania's Title IV-D Child Support Enforcement Program to staff and administrators from state and county child-support enforcement agencies.

The new Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Training Institute will be co-directed by Jennifer Mastrofski, associate professor of administration of justice for the Justice and Safety Institute, and Roy H. McCullagh, director of the Work force Development Resource Center. Wesley E. Donahue, director of Management Development Programs and Services, will collaborate by developing the curriculum for the institute's training initiative. Don Zettlemoyer, director of the Justice and Safety Institute, serves as project principal.

According to Zettlemoyer, the institute will develop the curriculum and provide logistical support, including the assignment of faculty to teach programs at locations throughout the state. The institute is a collaborative effort involving the Justice and Safety Institute, the Work force Development Resource Center, Management Development Programs and Services and Outreach Information Systems.

The initial training will involve approximately 2,400 administrative, professional, legal and front-line staff from across the commonwealth. Following the initial training offerings, more than 500 child-support enforcement staff will participate in the institute annually.

Faculty from the partnering units as well as new faculty in the Child Support Enforcement Training Institute will deliver statewide training programs at three permanent facilities and two remote sites. Plans also include the development of Web-based training modules.